This mum thought she would be spending quality time with her son over the school holidays. But she hadn’t counted on the dragons and zombies.
My six-year old son has been away a lot over these recent school holidays.
There are no adults where he has been.
No rules either.
And from what I hear lots of fire.
Oh, he’s been around.
But not in a place I can get my head around. You see he is six and he is addicted to MINECRAFT.
From what I can tell he isn’t alone.
When I drag him away I see his eyes dart back to the nearest idevice. His fingers twitching to snaffle it and re-enter his world.
And drag him away I do but he doesn’t seem to really ever leave the land.
Our conversations go something like this: ME: what do you want to do today sweetie? HIM: I was thinking about clay ME: Clay, oh that’s a good idea. Get creative huh. HIM: Well, we’d need a crafting table. ME: A crafting table what for? HIM: To build torches, and blocks.
It’s all of a sudden become a constant in our lives.
I delayed it for a long time, all last year constant begging for Minecraft was fobbed off or delayed. But this year I finally gave in.
One minute he was all Diego and Bob the Builder and before I even noticed life began to revolve around Ender Dragons and enchantments and building gardens and oak blocks and statues.If you know what I am talking about your eyes will be used to the glazed feeling you get when your child asks you for the gazillionth time that day to “come and look at this room I have built.”
You will be used to the new greeting from children when they come over to your house to play. Not “Hi Shauna” but “Hi what’s your WIFI password?”.
You will know who Stampylongnose and Ballistic Squid are without me having to explain and you will have found the lure of Minecraft an inducement for your kids to perform a myriad of chores they never would normally consider.