In society, we are all taught to live by certain rules. As children, we are taught by our parents what's appropriate and what's inappropriate, including things we should say and things we should not say. As parents, we do our best to pass those same lessons down to our own children.
But then come along things like the X-Box. And the next thing you know, you’re hearing your kids say things you never imagined would come out of their mouths.
“I shot him three times and he’s still alive!”
“Shoot him in the head!”
“More zombies! Get the machine gun!”
“Cool...a missile launcher!”
“I’m going to use the sniper rifle. What kind of gun are you going to use?”
“I’m shot! Get over here, quick!”
“Wow! You killed 42 of them! Sweet!”
“Make sure you get lots of grenades...we have to blow up the water tower.”
“You’ve got to be frickin’ kidding me! I totally killed that guy!”
Yes, this has become the normal banter in my house. But no matter how terrible it may sound at times, I find comfort by reminding myself of three important things:
1. Given the right weapons, my boys can take down an enemy tank any day.
2. If zombies ever attack our home, my boys will know how to kill them.
3. The boys are having fun and spending quality time together...that is until I hear one of them yell, “Mom!”
It’s usually then that I have to intervene and lay down the law. I do so by simply saying:
“Stop killing your brother or else you’re done playing!”
3 months ago