My wife and I go back and forth constantly about how much screen time we are allowing they boys to have.
Our kids have so many options of entertainment these days – TV, tablets even phones! A Nintendo 3DS, yes that is included these days. I am all for kids having screen time. If it’s educational even better! I even do want my kids to play games that may not be seen as “educational”. That’s part of balancing it all. I can’t be hypocritical and not allow them the pure pleasure of getting lost in a video game.
When I was a kid… oh no I won’t… can’t compare then to now. I remember being outside more than inside. I do remember having more toys than I needed, as my boys do now. I also remember spending countless hours sitting in front of the TV playing video games like Super Mario Brothers. The Princess needed me! Really! She DID!
We recently got a Nintendo 3DS. The first game we got was Super Mario Maker – AWESOME! Yes I kept it from my kids so I could get my game on first with out being disrupted! SHE NEEDS ME! Once I got my boys up to date, I have no problem sharing this with them. This is a nostalgic experience for me, and my boys have no idea how much this makes me feel like a kid again.
A short time later we got Mario Sports Superstars – this is an awesome set of games! As a kid I never got into the soccer video games, but I am getting into it now! These games have improved so much since I was a kid. I really am enjoying them more than I should!
Seriously, you and your kids will have some fun playing. For me it’s all about balance with technology today. How much screen time and such, but I feel that it is important for them to be able to play and enjoy the same game play frustration I had to endure thirty some odd years ago!
If you don’t have a Nintendo 3DS, go get one if you can – if you have one, go get some Super Mario Maker or Mario Sports Superstars and revisit being a kid!