No seriously. As as a working mom with a 14-year old, I have to be honest and say that I am actually grateful for the game that has kept my son from going absolutely crazy with boredom all summer. So, thank you.
Look, I get that I’m supposed to be frustrated and angry about the amount of time that my son has spent in front of the TV with a controller in hand and a headset on his head, but truthfully? In this weird stage where he is too old to have a babysitter and too young to have a job, Fortnite has been the one thing that has kept us sane all summer.
I mean, I totally get that there should be limits on screen time, and I get that it is completely horrific parenting to allow your child to sit in the basement all day when the sun is shining...but that is why we have summer rules. Here they are:
1. Read for 30 minutes
2. Go outside for 30 minutes
3. Do some sort of chore that will help you be a productive part of the family
I’m the queen of parenting…and A VERY OBVIOUS FAILURE.
OR…maybe I’m just like every other mother in America, working or not, who is trying to keep their shit together as they raise their families. Seriously, between taking care of the home and making sure that our kids are kind, friendly, smart, athletic, and in line to win every possible scholarship available to them…it’s no wonder we’ve resigned ourselves to allowing our kids to play Fortnite for 4 hours in a row (or 6) while we binge on The West Wing and Grey’s Anatomy…or even a series of completely mindless romantic comedies on Netflix…WE ARE FREAKING EXHAUSTED.
But aside from the resignation…there are some very obvious benefits to the video game that has taken over our lives:
1. Fine Motor Skills: Every single day this summer, my son has clicked buttons and moved levers on a controller…and for someone who has struggled with fine motor skills since he had to learn to tie his shoes in Kindergarten (seriously…I put him in Velcro shoes everyday, but the teacher insisted he learn to do his laces!) this is pretty much like physical therapy.
2. Academics: Let’s be honest, anyone that can spot a moving bush from 100 yards away and choose exactly which weapon to use that will shoot at the right angle to make a kill while also accurately calculating the speed of an approaching storm to the nearest second has exactly enough Algebra skills to start high school this week.
3. Physical Activity: Some of you may remember the incident in which Carson pulled his hamstring because he jumped up a little too quickly when getting an 11 kill win. So it’s basically like he’s working out every day, and that’s all that any mom can ask for.
4. Social Skills: I’m going to be honest, at first I was distraught about the fact that Carson was playing Fortnite FOR HOURS ON END…until I realized that he was playing with his same friends over and over again…and I know these parents…and their kids seem normal…mostly. So if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
It’s been a long summer, and whether or not you are a working mom or mom that stays at home, I know we can all agree that sometimes our kids need some form of entertainment that is not us…and if they can calculate a storm rate and talk with their friends at the same time…well, that’s just a bonus. And seriously, it’s not like my kid didn’t do anything all summer…I mean he played a billion hours of baseball (you can read about that here) and he read a few books…and yes, ok, I paid him money for each book…and yes, he spent said money on X-Box gift cards to buy skins and seasons having to do with Fortnite (I have no idea what that means). But if that’s what it takes to get him to read, then I’ll stock up on the gift cards and put the controller in his hand over and over again.
Look, parenting is tough. And to be honest, as much as I love sleeping in and having more freedom to my day, I’m ready to seal up the X-Box, make a half-healthy lunch, and send my kid off to school. I’m ready for him to spend more than 30 minutes outside of the house and read more than 30 minutes a day…but while he was home during the endless days of his 14-year-old summer…I’m just thankful that he had Fortnite to keep him company. So yes…
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