Thursday, May 23, 2013
Dear X Box
Ah my old friend you seem to be winning a battle here at the moment.
You have found a new way of gaining more time turned on.
More time that your brightly coloured action packed games can blare out into my lounge,stealing time away from my boy.
And time is precious.
In my view it should be spent doing real life stuff.
Playing outside,reading,running,jumping,being with real people not sat staring at a machine.
"Ah but I do you such a favour" I hear you whisper mockingly
"I watch your child for you while you get on with 'things,' jobs or that important stuff you do on your phone"
"Iam your unpaid babysitter,you may not 'like' me but you 'do' use me....and you know it"
Yes Dearest X box I actually do know this although it pains me greatly to agree with you.Iam aware that as much as I moan about you,I do use you or at least I use the time I get child free to do lots of things....shower in peace,make tea,do dishes and yes play around with my phone or lappy.
But you come at a price and I think your price is way too high for my liking.
You gobble time up,minutes turn into hours and they turn into chunks of time....the morning or the whole afternoon.It sounds impossible but I have seen it happen and more than once,unfortunately.
You leave children hot and bothered,tired,cross,tantrummy and unable to cope with the real world and to be frank it's just not good enough and as you full well know I do not like it.
One. Single. Bit.
And now you have found a small chink in my armour...the relationship between my boys.
Yes I have been drawn in,I must admit,I see the two older boys cuddled up to their kid bro and yep it pulls on my heart strings big style and yes I do let the time drift on when I see that.
What mum can easily break moments like that...the boys laughing and playing together,it's a low down trick X Box and you know it.
But you also know me full well dont you.
Wasn't I the one who kept you out of the boys bedroom for years and years and years,not bowing to the immense pressure from everyone around.
And wasn't I the one to limit you to just one hour a day and did I stick to that rule...yep, I so did and I'm real glad now that I did because as the kids grow older it becomes harder as a mum to enforce rules,especially when the children have got jobs of their own.Thats when I don't have much of a say about you Dear X Box!
But where my little boy is concerned I do have a say,a really big say and I want you to know that I'm on your case.
Because no matter how hard you try to wheedle your way into his life I'm going to put limits on you,for his sake and Dear X Box he is worth any battle that you may give me,do you get that,let the battle commence.
From a Mummy who loves her son so much that she will win the X Box
( if only for the time being!)