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To think this is vile

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Ispywith Thu 15-Nov-12 18:18:47

To get a child of 7 for Christmas their own Xbox, tv & DVD player bla bla bla. Saw it on thread about what people are getting their kids got Christmas. Is it me or is this madness?

Ginandtonicandamassageplease Sun 18-Nov-12 08:55:35

Ok, here goes. (Peeking head above parapet) I don't think it's vile but I wouldn't buy those things for my children at 7. I don't like the idea of little children having such grown up things. I think they should be playing with dolls houses and fire stations and games which make them use their imagination more. Having said that my children aren't 7 yet so I'm not judging wink!!!!!! but I would like to stick to my guns on this one.
Now I'll put my hard hat on and wait for the shouting to start!

BIWI Sun 18-Nov-12 09:02:40

Well that's exactly the thing, though, Ginandtonic, you are judging! And I really think you might find that as your children get older that you will change your mind. Or at least change your behaviour, even if you haven't changed your mind.

I'm also interested that you think that 'those things' aren't games that involve children using their imaginations. Why do you think that?

And - what one person plays with for hours on end can cause death by tedium for another. Lego for example. I could never stand it and it bored me to tears. Give me a book, however, and I would be happy for hours.

BIWI Sun 18-Nov-12 09:03:41

Well ds2 is 9 but at 7 the only fire station he was interested in was Lego ones and once he'd built them he was no longer interested.

fuzzpig Sun 18-Nov-12 10:36:02
TiredBooyhoo Sun 18-Nov-12 15:13:12

how is an xbox with age appropriate games and more grown up than watching an age appropriate dvd or tv show? at least with the games they are having to engage their brain and interact. there are lots of great games for children and families available for the different consoles. i think it's maybe ignorance (of what the games actually involve or what's available) that is behind some people's reluctance to allow the games at home.

Ginandtonicandamassageplease Sun 18-Nov-12 15:26:02

I wasn't just talking about games, I was talking about the idea of having a tv or DVD player too. Also BIWI, I'm not sure I understand what it is you mean by judging. If I had said that anyone who lets their children play computer games is a terrible person who is obviously down the pub instead of looking after their children then I would be judging but I didn't say that. I just said that I didn't think that I would buy those things. I don't think I will change my mind as there are lots of other things I haven't caved in on that lots of other children have or do. As I say though I'm not judging as I'm sure that my children have or do things that others don't. It's just a difference of opinion that's all.

Lia87 Sun 18-Nov-12 15:31:52

if they can afford it why not, as long as the child has other toys too

fuzzpig Sun 18-Nov-12 16:08:02

My DCs (5&3) just shared an hour on wii fit plus. This included lots of running around like mad things doing the 'jogging' game. Now I can't deny it'd be better for them to just run around outside, but since we have no garden (sad) and DH and I aren't well enough to take them to the park, this is certainly a decent compromise for now.

I also have some hilarious videos of my adorable little boy boogying to just dance (and strictly of course) grin he is heading for a career on the stage I think...

Sorry for waffling, I just think there are some bloody brilliant games for families.

fuzzpig Sun 18-Nov-12 16:08:32

... and therefore a console can be a wonderful family gift.

Vivalebeaver Sun 18-Nov-12 16:21:29

Agree Fuzzpig, as a family we have lots of fun with Wii Fit and Family Ski. They're really good games that everyone joins in with.

Aspiemum2 Sun 18-Nov-12 18:45:18

What's wrong with a tv/DVD player? Our house isn't huge so when cousins etc come over its great for adults to be downstairs and they're all upstairs watching a video. They're not connected to the aerial so they don't watch television on it

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