No, that wasn't a typo. FOUR HOURS.
I didn't intend to.
One of my boys' favorite pastimes include watching Daddy play various 'shoot 'em up' games on the computer. I can hear their voices floating up from my husband's downstairs office:
"Dad, kill that guy over there."
"Dad, hit that zombie with an axe."
"Dad, what happens if you squish the alien?"
and so on.
Well, my husband's co-worker recently introduced him to a ridiculously simplistic game called Minecraft.
|Realistic rendering this is not|
So why would I let my son sit on his butt for four hours and do this virtually when he could be doing this in real life?
He was sitting at my computer in the living room, not having been playing for very long when suddenly he said, "Mom! Hey, look. There's a guy walking around in my world. He just showed up. He's following me."
I have to admit, when I realized what he was talking about, I giggled.
For quite awhile.
I explained to my son, "Honey. That's Daddy. You're playing the game together. He's on his computer downstairs."
I swear his face lit up.
They spent the next four hours playing MineCraft. Sometimes they worked together to build something, other times they were devising their own creations in a shared world. They'd call to each other, my husband mostly giving hints and helpful clues, Archie wanting his dad to check out the newest thing he'd constructed. It's all Archie talked about during supper and later, when I was tucking him in, he had a notebook and pencil on his pillow. I glanced at his partial drawing and Archie spent 5 minutes explaining his new design for a enclosed staircase so his avatar wouldn't walk off the edge and die.
Yes, kids need exercise. They need fresh air, they need to ride their bikes and climb trees and get dirty. But Archie playing this game with his dad is important, too. Although, tomorrow I think I'm gonna kick his butt outside.
Me: What are you doing, Ichabod?
Ichabod: Making a picture.
Me: That's sounds nice. What is the picture about?
Ichabod: A boy. But he's really sad.
Me: He's really sad? Why?
Ichabod: Because his mom won't let him play the Wii.
(Ichabod was currently grounded from the Wii)