What?! That was my reaction when I saw an article that said video games aren’t a destructive influence on kids, as some people (including me) believe. “Parents, stop fearing video games,” the headline read.
Let me gloat for a minute. A year ago, I felt defeated when it came to my son’s obsession with video games. We had knockdown, drag-out fights about how much time he spent playing the fast-paced, often violent games.
He did it. My son, Connor, managed to have a great time without video games, movies or TV during our time in Durango. I’m a little surprised. Not that I was expected him to have a complete meltdown without electronics. But I was anticipating some whining and protests.
Connor and I each experienced a new adventure Wednesday, the fourth day of our electronics-free vacation. We went on a zip line course high in the mountains outside Durango.
We made it to Colorado today, and Connor and I are still speaking. That means my no-electronics vacation experiment remains on track. Connor hasn’t cried out for his handheld gaming devices, portable DVD player or TV. So I haven’t had to play electronics cop and remind him of our agreement.
A good start. That’s what’s I’d call Sunday, the first day of the electronics-free vacation vacation my 11-year-old son and I are embarking upon.
My 11-year-old son and I are leaving on a road trip to Colorado on Sunday. It will surely be a memorable experience. Not just because we’ll see majestic mountains and towering trees. No, our trip will be memorable, perhaps most of all, because I’m banning all video games, DVDs and TV.