Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Computer Games

When I was young, having a sleep-over was the BIG thing.   I used to sleep at my best friend's house, and she at mine, almost every Friday or Saturday night.

Alex has just recently gotton into the "sleep-over" thing.  The other weekend, he had two of his best friends over for the night.  And this is what they did.
All. Night. Long.

You know what I love about this photo?  I love that even though Alex is ten years old,  and even though his best buddies are sitting right next to him and he's playing big-boy-computer games 'cause he's cool like that...he still has his "special blankie" sitting right there on his lap.  Never too old or too cool for your special blankie, I suppose:)

Computer games.  They have taken over the world.  Well, at least at our house.  It's addicting, let me tell you.  When they are "in" the game...there's no coming out willingly.  You have to drag them out.  A bomb could go off in the house and there they would still sit, eyes glued to the screen, fingers flying, mouth slightly agape. 

I almost felt a little guilty.  Afterall, these were other parents' children.  Shouldn't I make them get up, go outside and play?  You know, for a little fresh air and exercise?

Well, wait a minute.  All three of these boys were doing this earlier that day:

(that's Alex as the goalie!)

And then after the game, I took them to the park and they did this:

So I guess a little of this......

isn't going to kill them, right?  or turn their minds into mush?  Afterall, the games are interactive, and quite challenging, if you ask me.  I think we had it pretty easy with Ms. Pacman.  Eating a bunch of dots is nothing compared to the challenges you are up against in the games they play today.   They take quite a bit of skill and computer knowledge.  And quick thinking, and quick fingers.  So I'm not going to beat myself up about it.  It's okay, if there is a balance.

But then I see this.....

little Andrew who is just three years old!

And worse yet, this!

Et tu, Aria?  Okay, this is a bit much.  But she only "plays" when she can grab one and run with it.  Then she plops down and just copies what she sees them doing.  She has no idea what she's doing.

Well, at least I don't think she does!

1 comment:

  1. our kids are the same way. they come home, do homework, go to dance or soccer, come home, eat dinner, take showers, and by that time they only get about 20-30 minutes of computer time before bed but they are glued those whole 20-30 minutes.

    i can't believe that pic of andrew!!!!! just yesterday he was in a highchair with long curls!