I don't get it.
It's Sunday, it's a beautiful day ( for a change). OH is in garden cutting the grass, and we can hear a few of the neighbours doing the same. The washing is out drying in the sun and I can even hear the faint tune of the ice cream van in nearby streets!!
Really a great day to be enjoying the outdoors......right?
That is unless you are a boy living in my house, aged either 10 or 12 ( weeks away from 13 as I keep being reminded)!
They have bikes, remote control gadgets of various kinds, footballs and goals, kites, tennis sets, Frisbees ( yes they are still going! ) and not to mention the obligatory trampoline at the end of the garden.
But where are they?
In separate rooms, hidden away in case they have a life threatening reaction to the sunlight!! Whinging because they want to play on their game stations ( the total bane of my life) or lounging around using phrases like 'I'm bored' or 'there's nothing to do' !!!!! AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH
Again I DON'T GET IT.
It's almost as though the kids of today ( I know I sound like an OAP here but indulge me) cannot physically entertain themselves anymore. It seems that the simple pleasures of playing outside with their friends just isn't stimulating enough. The computer games are so fast and furious, graphic and explosive that they have almost been desensitised and anything else has become too boring to contemplate or just too much effort on their part.
Please tell me it's not just my kids as I will feel like a total failure otherwise.
We try to give them an appreciation of good ol' fashioned playing outside, trips to the seaside/ parks/ camping etc with a balance of modern technology ie: bloody game stations and TV.
What are we doing wrong???
Answers on a postcard please............