Welcome to my little pocket of the internet! I’m Dayna — Cahlayna on Twitch — and if you’re here, it’s because you, like me, have children, love gaming and all things odd, and have literally no idea how to be a mom without letting your nerd identity take a backseat… My idea? We can figure it out together.
I’ve been gaming for as long as I can remember. Zelda: Ocarina of Time was my first true love, but before that came classics like Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong. (I’m aging myself here). I can remember being nine months pregnant with my first child, barely able to reach my Razer Naga and Nostromo Key Pad because I was the size of a house, refusing to give up my dream as a Beast Mastery Hunter in World of Warcraft. But now I’m here, 32 years old, mom of a beautiful 18-month old girl and soon to be six year old boy… And they were really cramping my gaming style. So I did what any other insane mother would do, I shared my Xbox. I started my son when he was about three. He hated it. Loathed it. But didn’t want me to do it either. He couldn’t walk and change his in-game view at the same time. It was a lot of looking at blinding sky or dark holes in Minecraft. A lot of frustration, I’ll let you guess if it was his or mine. Most normal parents would give up. “My kids don’t like video games! I beat the odds!”. But I was patient. He got a little older… then came Fortnite.