Play dates for the kids can be an extra stress (or they
tended to be in the past!), one if possible I would ensure I could be working
instead of being at home (don’t worry the Mrs soon made sure so tied my rota
Since the kids have been old enough to hold a controller,
they are far more interested in showing off their skills on the screen than
running about like lunatics outside, although I do ensure they have their
mandatory fresh air allowance… (The Mrs is a stickler about it!).
On Friday we had a play date arranged for eldest and shock
horror, the Mrs got called into work short notice which meant I had to collect
the kids and occupy them for an hour – without SCREENS!!
So I decided to take them for a walk, they were happily
rushing around, climbing trees and setting up a base camp! I was satisfied at
this point that they had burned off enough energy and I would allow them some much
earnt screen time when we got home (maybe I earned some too!)
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So I collected the Mrs from work and we drove home, the boys
had decided they wanted to play Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and as there was an
extra slot free I joined in the competition.
Of course as an ex-hard-core gamer I pretty much owned each
course, and as such the lad who was along for the play date was excitedly saying
how great I was at the game! However close at my heels was eldest who did beat
me on one of the tracks, it very much seems he has the gaming gene (not only from
me, the Mrs is an ex-gamer too!)
With all the gaming the children want to do we have imposed
two non-screen days into our weekly schedule, so every Tuesday and Thursday,
they are not allowed to play computer games at all, instead we do a mix of home
studies and board games, which they now seem just as keen on as they realise we
mean business with the new routine!