I love the fact that I have two boys. I am a tomboy at heart so I enjoy many of the things Cooper and Cole are interested in. Things like sports, cars, trucks, Star Wars, rock music, etc, but there are other things that boys are into that I just don’t get. Things like guns, bugs and video games.
Just recently Ken received a Wii Game System and I was a bit apprehensive about it. Cooper and Cole (Cooper especially) love video games, although technically they don’t have a true video game system. We do have a Smart Cycle and a Leapster Explorer but the games associated with these things are educational.
My boys would play these games all day if I let them and now we have a Wii in our house. I remember when Ken was younger he would sit for hours playing video games and I have seen my nephew do the same thing. I don’t want that for Cooper and Cole.
Now this is just my opinion, but to me it’s sad to see kids walking through the store or sitting at a restaurant with their parents with their head buried in their Nintendo or PS3. Why can’t they be talking to their parents or vice versa why aren’t the parents talking to their kids? This is what I want to avoid.
I know some of you reading this are laughing at me right now, saying “Just Wait!”
I know I can’t avoid video games forever. Cooper and Cole are boys and there will be guns, bugs and video games in my future. I am just trying to hold off these things as long as I can since I think there are better ways for them to spend their time. I want my boys to be able to sit and have a conversation with me or be willing to be a part of a shopping trip or a family dinner.
Now I know video games are not bad and are not solely responsible for kids withdrawing into the game. It’s my responsibility as a parent to control the amount of time they play with video games and what games I allow them to play.
Who knows…maybe there are some educational games on Wii. Maybe I should relax a little and let boys be boys and have some fun.