My nephew and niece just spent the day on Saturday with me. My girls had a swimming class, so it meant that I got to play with them all by myself for a change. My niece ditched us as soon as she came in to play by herself with baby dolls. My nephew on the other hand was itching to play Mario Brothers on the Wii. I’m not a video game player, but this was his choice, so off we went to save Princess Peach. Let me say again, I am not a video game player. My nephew is 5. Princess Peach is pretty much doomed if she is counting on us to save her. We both stink. My nephew notices this. Yet, somehow, it becomes all my fault.
“You keep getting us dead” he screams at me. “I don’t want to play that level, you’ll make us die” and “Why are you taking all the good stuff?” he shouts. This is all new to me. My girls always laugh it off when they lose in video games. My nephew has never spoken to me out of anger before. How do I handle this? I don’t want to yell back at him. I want to be the cool aunt. I love that I can hear him cheer in the background when he hears he is coming to my house. Now I am about to go down a few notches in his book.
I do something very immature. As soon as he dies, I leave him in the bubble. Sure, I could have popped it and let him keep playing, but now I want to provoke an angry outburst from him. Soon enough, it comes. Finally, I turn to him and say “You have a bad attitude. I don’t like you yelling at me, and you are not making this very fun. I’m going to pop your bubble now so you can play, but if you yell at me or blame me for not beating a level again, it gets turned off, and I will not play with you again.” He agrees and the rest of our video game time is very pleasant and he is actually now complimenting how well I play.
The girls come home and we indulge in some Icee’s. All is forgotten on his end, yet, somehow I still feel bad about the situation. I have such a hard time being the disciplinarian when it comes to kids that aren’t mine.
Do your kids have a bad attitude when it comes to video games? How do you handle it?