Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Create, don't consume...

Around this time every year I fly into a bit of a panic. It's not as bad as it was, say, seven years ago, but it still happens. You see, tomorrow Erik and Lukas go on summer holidays, and then at the end of next week Bryn and Ari join them. The next three weeks will be okay because, well, there's Christmas and then there's New Year's. But then there is January, in particular the first three weeks of January.

We can never afford to get afford to get away, and so we spend January at home. I will most likely be working, which gets me out of the house, but the rest of the guys will be at home niggling one another. It can truly be a sucky time. Mostly, the kids want to play computer games. I get that, it passes the time, it's a form of escapism, and frankly, if they could do it without squabbling, I'd be tempted to let them while away summer days going on virtual quests.

But, you see, there's the rub, they really aren't able to play the games without fighting over controllers (we have four, and they STILL fight over them), or squabbling about which games to play, or someone demanding to left ALONE to play (as if that would ever happen in our household).

So, every year I panic about what to do with the kids.

We've had games tournaments, but haven't done that in a couple of years now, maybe this year is the year to revive that tradition>

One thing I have talked to the boys about with regard to this summer is that I don't want them to simply consume all summer. I don't want them to just sit and watch tv, or read books (only two children are likely to do this) or play computer games. I want them CREATE something this year, more specifically I want them to create something others can somehow enjoy. Yes, they can create quests on a server, or a you tube channel, if they MUST use technology. Or they can create artwork to exhibit/sell, or they can create music or stories, but they must create something.

Erik thinks this will be easy as he has a whole slew of work to do for his upcoming Studio Art subject next year. Lukas hasn't commented on my demand. Bryn is thinking he'll do a you tube channel teaching other kids how to get through levels on a game (hmmm, I'll be watching this one carefully). Ari, like Lukas, hasn't said anything about it, but the concept of creating anything but trouble might be beyond him, right now. I can see I may have to work with him.


Anonymous said...

I Love this idea. I think we can all learn from this. We all should create more and consume less. I did laugh at the idea of creating trouble...

Sarah said...

Hi Sif, it's a great idea to have some kind of plan. I don't know if you have any kind of outside space but if you do perhaps the boys could create a garden with their Dad during the holidays. It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. If they did perhaps they could also write some guest posts for your blog and take photos or draw pictures? You could link it up with other blogs (I'm sure there are lots) and they would get feedback to keep them interested? Just a though but it would get them away from the games and maybe create something lovely for you all :-)

Good Job!