Should it be a 5 or a 6?


I am reading a book. My son sits next to me playing a game on the iPad. I pause to look at how adept he is at navigating the game. Virtual creatures seem to fill-up the screen; as an observer, I feel that chaos reigns on his iPad screen. There is constant action, there is constant movement, there is an alertness and nervous energy in my son’s stance as he grapples with the many things that need his attention to succeed in his mission – whatever that may be, because, I have no clue at all about what’s happening.

I play games on my phone too, but mine are games that follow only one pace – my pace.

I simply cannot handle the pace of the games that my kids play. Maybe it has something to do with age?

Now, I like games like Sudoku and Kakuro; which I play when the house is quiet. Games where I can think, analyse and fill-in my responses. Almost like solving crosswords in the newspaper!

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Sipping a cup of coffee and wondering if a box needs a ‘5’ or a ‘6’ is all that I can handle in terms of speed. I enjoy the ‘thinking’ more than the playing.

Graduating from ‘medium’ to ‘evil’ in Kakuro is cause for celebration. Some puzzles are truly ‘evil’. They take multiple attempts to solve, usually over a two to three day period. And each time the puzzle is solved, I give myself a mental high five. Simple reasons to celebrate.

And before I go back to my book, I look at my son’s iPad. It looks as busy as ever……!

15 thoughts on “Should it be a 5 or a 6?”

  1. Kids are so good to tackle the stress, as these games also hold on, Sandra. But of course, we need to stop them, before the stress get into them. I think, it is healthy for our kids to join us making crosswords or Sudoku etc. too. They do also need time to pause.
    Happy New Year.

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      1. ARIGATOU(Thank you so much!!)
        I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a prosperous new year!
        On Japanese New Year ‘s customs;
        Adults put money in a special envelope and give it to children.
        This is called “otoshidama” and many children look forward to it very much!
        Ryoma.

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  2. It seems like the younger generation is so used to speed. I watch them text on their phones, their thumbs flying. Meanwhile, I can’t even hold my phone that way and use one index finger to slowly type a message. I used to take my son to a place where there were games like Pac man, etc. I even struggled with that one, and the new ones, as you point out, are even faster!

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  3. I like my grown kids setting time limits as ways to ground their kids. It is extra freezing out so no outdoor playing this whole week. Maybe for what I liked, turn on music and have a dance party?! My grandkids like this but I’m not sure if I don’t like it even more! 😀
    Happy New year to you and yours, Nimi! 🎉 🌟 ❤

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      1. It is fun, Nimi! Of course, you may know different songs but we sing old songs, before I start the radio we do the “Hokey pokey” and the “Macarena” which is so silly! We may end up on the floor at the end of the “ring around the Rosie.” (2 year old Hendrix likes this one best!!) xo hugs ❤

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  4. Nimi you have done a very close study of the games you and your son play.
    It is astonishing to see and think as to the games kids play. But at the same time it is so stressful and dangerous. Comparing the kind of games you play.
    These are the Times…. hahaha
    Shiva

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  5. There is a reason they say these kids are going to work at jobs not even created yet! I hope they balance humanity and the “real world” with technology–but I think they’ll need these reflexes:).

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