For almost 5 years, our home was an explosion of pink: Barbie, My Little Ponies, Baby Annabelle and Disney Princesses. I had stereotypical girls who liked to dress up in fairy outfits, paint their
carpet toe-nails and create imaginary schools in their bedrooms.
Then along came The Boy. I have to admit to being somewhat excited at the prospect of what this might bring: a much-anticipated move away from pink, cute denim dungarees and an excuse to play Lego. With two big sisters however, I wasn’t holding out much hope at his chances of successfully pushing past the pink. But despite the odd dalliance with pushing his teddy round the garden in a buggy, he soon made his choice.
The dollies and fairy dresses were quickly replaced with every stereo-typical boy craze you can think of: Noddy, Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, Dinosaurs, Spider Man, Power Rangers, Ben 10, Star Wars and Lego (in every shape or form the creators made it). My boy has been every advertiser’s dream!
His latest obsession however, has surpassed all others. If you have the pleasure of owning a 7-12 year old boy, you will no doubt be very familiar with this one (I say boy, but I know grown men who are into this stuff!). You’ve guessed it – it’s Minecraft.
For those of you who are not familiar with this craze, Minecraft
is a computerised construction game where the user can build worlds and play online with other people. The Boy would spend every waking hour playing this game…on the Play Station, the home PC or the Ipad. And if he’s not actually playing it, he can be found watching You Tube clips of other people playing it…Stampy Long Nose
(yes that’s a user name) being his current favourite. This man is 24 and makes a very good living out of playing Minecraft. Take note Lord Sugar, this is where the future’s at!
I have recently become rather better acquainted with this Stampy character, than I would have liked. As I innocently scrolled through my Googe + profile last week, I came across an entry that I wasn’t familiar with: ‘Please can I join your love garden’. I had absolutely no recollection of addressing anyone with this phrase and I think it’s one that I would remember, don’t you? Digging a little deeper, I discovered it to be a request that apparently, I had made to Stampy. What will he think of me?! Thankfully I managed to delete it before he had me black-listed as some middle-aged, female stalker. I told you that Minecraft manages to seep into every pore…it’s even taken over my Google+ account (or at least my son has)!
As with every obsession so far, we seem to be eating, drinking and breathing Minecraft. But there is one difference with this one….it manages to span both genders. Yes, I owe a huge thank you to Minecraft because in all the 9 years of bringing up both boys and girls, this seems to be the first craze which has hooked all of my children, regardless of age or gender.
Thank you Minecraft for keeping this mummy sane!
What’s your child’s current obsession – are you a lover or a hater?
What’s been the longest standing craze so far?
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