Monday, December 20, 2010
Webkinz: Internet Crack
My kids had a half-day Friday and then our break started. When we came home, Cookie lay down on the couch and fell asleep. These kids are wiped out. And probably dehydrated.
We are still in the beginning stage of the break, which involves vegging out in pajamas all day, watching mindless television, and playing too much Webkinz. It's similar to the start of Summer Break that way, although we won't be moving on to "bridge" workbooks like we do in the summer. If they want to read, great, but I won't be making them do math problems.
Although the Peanut Butter Kid now does extra math problems every night before bed. Apparently this is fun and relaxing for her. I assume she gets this from her father's side. Anyway, like I said, I'm not going to make them do math problems.
It is like Summer Break in that it's a big fat break for me, too. It's exhausting, the homework and the anxiety and the ADHD. Not to mention how much time I spend getting up people's asses about my children's education. Oh, and ensuring that their basic human needs are met. (Yeah ...I'm still pretty pissed about the water thing.) It's nice to have a slice of the when we can all stop sweating this stuff.
Eventually, we'll move on to doing some more active things, but for now we're still in the pajamas-and-Webkinz stage of Winter Break. If your kids aren't into Webkinz (yet), they are adorable little stuffed animals that have virtual counterparts online. You can play games online with your Webkinz toy, and also rock out to the little cartoon videos. Tiger, Tiger, anyone?
Webkinz is like Facebook for children, in the sense that it's Internet crack. Or maybe more like Farmville. Whatever. It's cracktastic.
But by then, you're hooked. Yes, you: the parent. The games are addictive. Seriously addictive. Many of the games are educational, but some are just plain fun.
Remember how we all were about Solitaire on the computer, circa 1990? That wasn't just me, right? Between Solitaire and Tetris, no one got anything done. Then AOL came along and workplace productivity tanked even further.
That's how I am about Cash Cow on Webkinz. It's got that same soothing quality that Solitaire has, and I can play it forevah. Or at least I would play it forevah, but the kids are on break which means they're all attempting to commandeer my laptop so they can play Webkinz.
Guess I'll go watch that West Wing marathon.
Labels: Internet crack