I wouldn’t consider my home a “broken home”, per se. I don’t even know what to call it. You know how it is, millennials have to have a name for everything. Labels, boxes, etc. That, in and of itself, bothers me. That everything has to be compartmentalized, colonized. I don’t think this chapter of my life that I am living truly fits into any box, or any other chapter. Labelling ourselves, our lifestyles, our ideas, our thoughts, is so limiting and narrowminded.
If I have to argue with this five year old one more time about why he doesn’t need an Xbox, I am going to lose it. I love him dearly, and I truly believe that he is somewhat spoiled, but an Xbox is not a “toy” for a five year old.
BACKGROUND: When his father and I met, all we did was play video games. After work, we’d log in online and game until the wee hours of the night. I would go visit him and play games all night. Weekends, video games. A new game came out? Oh, we were all over it. After considering that, it truly baffles me how we found time to make a kid. I could call him right now and we could still play video games for hours.
In no way am I against video games, in moderation. This idea that he should have an Xbox at my house stems from him having an Xbox at his Dad’s house, that he actually plays. I do not want my five year old son playing video games. I do not believe that a game system should be put in place to baby sit.
We have had this talk over and over again, Daniel’s father and I, about video games and how adamant I am about him not playing them at such a young age, only to have him teach me about Hello Neighbor, Roblox, Five Nights at Freddys, Jason and Mortal Kombat. I am quite perturbed by the images portrayed in some of these games, the themes of the games, and the fertile mesh that is my baby’s mind. I believe that I am well within my rights to be concerned about what we, as parents, filter to our child and what signs, sights and signals he receives at such a young age.
Daniel asks questions about everything. Daniel debates everything. He is a thinker. He internalizes things. He is an empath. Knowing all of this about this kid, why wouldn’t I seek to filter some of his experiences, especially unnecessary ones. I’m not saying video games are bad, I’m not saying that he shouldn’t play them or have an Xbox, I’m just saying not right now.