Back when the Nintendo DSi came out, I grabbed Buddy and went out the first morning it was up for sale. My motivation was to gain ownership of his DS, so I could play crossword games on it.
That was fun for a while and then the DS went on top of the dresser and just kind of sat there collecting dust.
Fast forward a few months, Sissy said she wanted a DS, and I thought "I am not buying you a DS. #1. You're only 4. #2. It is nowhere near your birthday or Christmas. and #3. We don't have a money tree growing in the back yard.
One day, a couple of weeks ago, the whining and such was driving me to the brink (keep in mind that I am almost certain that I am peri-menopausal), I took that DS off the dresser, found a game in Buddy's room and let her go at it.
Since then, he has given her 3 games he never plays anymore and then I bought her the "Zhu Zhu Pets" game.
She loves that game. It's easy enough for her to understand and she loves the Zhu Zhu babies (they have different colored diapers on). I figure it promotes hand/eye coordination and encourages problem solving skills.
She is actually good at the games for a 4 year old. Plus, it gives her something tangible to do rather than watching mindless tot TV.
Don't get me wrong. It's not like I don't engage my children during the day. I do try to find activities we can both enjoy - going outside when it's nice enough, doing crafts, letting her help me with meals, etc. We also read lots of books, but if she enjoys playing a silly game for a small part of her day, I'm okay with that.
In effect, we have had two "only" children, since they are so far apart in age and encouraging them to be involved with independent play has been a challenge.
I am a stay at home mom, but that doesn't mean I'm here to be a playmate. I still have housework to do.
Thank goodness, she will enter preschool in the fall for FOUR days a week (only 3 hours a day, but.... I'll take whatever). I think she's ready to make friends and I know it will be great for her. :-)
Happy Tuesday, hooligans!