Anyone else have a Nintendo Switch? This thing is crazy entrancing. We had to pretty quick lay down some laws when it comes to the video game playing. Those laws include: no video games during the (school) week and time limits on the weekends.
Oh, and let's add, no sneaking downstairs on the weekends to play the thing at the break of dawn.
Right now, my children are really into Zelda. Like, so into Zelda they would play it ALL DAY, if I let them (which I don’t - except for rainy days during the pandemic - don’t judge).
Now, the video game itself costs roughly about the same as you would pay your best sitter to watch your kids for one night while you and your love have a little date night R&R. Of course, you might give that sitter a little extra just to make sure they are incentivized to come again the next time you call! We parents know how the sitter economy works. The total payout to that sitter would probably equal one Zelda game.
So, comparing the hours the game occupies them to that one night of sitting, it’s like the video game is paying dividends. That single video game will keep them occupied for HOURS AND HOURS on end.
PLUS, some positive things are happening while they play. They encourage each other, they take turns willingly (with the assist of a timer), they problem-solve and strategize, they increase their hand-eye coordination. AND, they are so occupied that they do not interrupt you during the hours they are playing - allowing you the bliss of tackling something and actually finishing it.
(pause for dramatic effect)
It's a slippery slope, my friends.
But like allll things that sound too good to be true, it is.
Hence this week's Parent Pondering. While we are always looking for ways to occupy our kids and make them happy, so we can simultaneously juggle all the things that seem to dominate our adult days (plus, get a little fun adult time in the process), we all know too much screen time is not a good choice.
While the video game is hands down the best return on your babysitting buck, we all know moderation is the way to go.
Yes, moderation. Yep, that's it. Win/win.
For now, I'm going to go get that thing done while they are navigating the world of Zelda.
Oh, and P.S. if you want a great resource to get your family to buy in on a screen time plan, check out Better Screen Time.
This version of Parent Ponderings is by Nichole Healy who is fighting the good fight to keep the screen time at moderate levels. Nichole is the founder of Memory My Way where the modern family gets the help they need to rescue their memories from the cloud. Memory My Way pairs members with a Designer who custom creates their family photo books for them - saving tons of precious time. To learn more, go here.