Saturday, March 2, 2013

Don't Challenge Video Games

I cannot be the only one....who was under the impression that saying I don't think a video game truck for a five year old's birthday party is necessary, mainly because a five year can have fun keeping a balloon from touching the ground, was a safe comment to make in mixed-mom company, but I was mistaken and a lengthy debate was the product of my mistake.

My husband and I never go out, I know that many of you think the same thing about you and your hubby, but the last time we had gone out together sans Junior was a least six months ago, truthfully it could possibly be longer.  So when we get asked to join a group of friends for a bit of drinking and gossip I get excited, then we arrive at the party, I start having conversations, and I remember rather swiftly why I enjoy staying home: the parent debates.

One of my friends daughter is a student in my sons preschool class, I assumed this makes for tons of enjoyable conversations, but the convo took a sour turn when I brought up another students birthday party at which the parents rented a video game truck to entertain the partygoers.  I learned early and often to broach subjects without judging words, so I can tell you in all honesty that I only commented on the fact that the kids would have, or could have, had just as much fun at the birthday party without a video game big rig.  This sparked a debate of how children should be allowed to have a good time whether playing video games or coloring pictures of one-eyed monsters, keep in mind I never said kids shouldn't play video games or spouted supporting statistics of how video games can be damaging in anyway, but that did not seem to matter, I had opened Pandora's box and I was was in for an hour video game defense.

I cannot be the only one who has sparked an unwarranted debate amongst other parents completely on accident, can I?

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