MC wants a nintendo this Christmas.
And my answer is, as always, a big no.
She's been asking for one since the start of this year.
But I refuse to even consider buying one. And I wont change my mind in the near future, sorry.
Why would she need one? She said because almost everybody she knows have one. I know that nintendo is the 'in' thing for kids.
And I told her that she's special. Because she dont have one. And wont have use of one in the near future. I told her she would have more fun playing with her toys and playing with her sister and her friends than being alone in a cold corner busy tapping a small stick into a small mini tv-like game.
Why wont I not give her one? Because of stories I heard. And things I observed.
Of kids getting so much fixated in one that they would ignore even their bestfriends when they come over to play. Of kids being asked to take care of things at home and yet wont get anything done because of nintendo. Of kids forgetting their own things in some places just because they were busy with nintendo in their hands. Of kids' grades suffering because of nintendo. Of kids alone and yet seemingly happy with their nintendos as company.
I dont think having a nintendo is healthy; but that is my opinion. I know there are ways to break down the fixation with nintendo. But my way of doing it is avoidance.
Thus, I refuse to buy a nintendo for MC.
I said, maybe, I would consider buying one when she could already read, write and do her math. But that's still a maybe. And maybe is still a no.
P.S. As I was finishing this post, MC approached me with a brochure of game consoles. And she told me, 'mama, I am going to wait until I am in high school for my nintendo.'