We were at the movies a couple weeks ago waiting to watch Epic. I was up buying a soda and Brady wanted to look at the arcade games. Okay, I said.
He returned after 5 minutes with wide eyes saying, "There's a game over there where a zombie's head exploded and blood flew everywhere!"
Turn away! Don't look!
So he stood by me staring straight ahead. Boy we were shocked. I had no idea they had games like that at a theater with kids shows. It never even occurred to me to check and see what games were there. Usually it's car driving games or claw machines or maybe a buck hunter game at the wildest.
But head-exploding blood-soaked zombies?
Now, all parents make different choices for their kids and it's no one's business to judge. But I know for my kid, games like that are NOT okay. Not ever, at least in my house. He has a very vivid imagination and holds on to details tightly. Those games would wake him up in the night. Those games would affect his mood.
Luckily he seems to realize this and doesn't seek them out (of course he's only 7, this may change in say, another 7 years). But sheesh, there it was at the movie theater!
I know I can't protect him from the violence portrayed in the world, but at least we can have a little sanctuary in our home. I told him, "Kid, I can't keep you from seeing that stuff in the world or maybe at a friend's house sometime, but we will not ever have those games in our house." I just can't do it.
And you know what his absolute, favorite, MUST-HAVE-TV-ON-AT-8 P.M. show is? Full House. That adorable little show that ran from 1987 to 1995 according to IMDB with baby twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and John Stamos as the funny uncle.
I love his innocence and joy when he watches that cute show. It's so refreshing in our Sponge Bob (which he does watch sometimes), zombie, special-effects world. I hope it's his favorite for a long time to come.
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