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How Young Is Too Young for Video Games?

My 5-year-old has a DS. There—I said it.

And, no, today is not Friday. Because, this is not a Mom Fail.

I have witnessed many “discussions” about the appropriate age for a video game system—both online and off. The bottom line is, what is an isn’t appropriate for a child depends on the child and—wait for it—how her parents chose to, you know, parent. It’s my job to decide what age is appropriate for her to have a DS.

Or, in our case, her older sister’s right to decide to hand down an old one. I haven’t been willing to spend money on a new one at this age. Last year, when my older 2 kids got DSi’s, my (then) 4-year-old got a Leapster. I thought I was doing the right thing—getting her an “age-appropriate” game system with educational cartridges.

What I was actually doing is wasting money—that thing sat while she snagged her sister’s “old” DS every chance she got. Finally, big sis gifted it to her, but Lorelai usually just plays along by linking to her sister’s games. Now, thanks to Ubisoft and Clever Girls Collective, she has a game of her very own!

They sent Pets Nursery 2—can you get much more age-appropriate than itty-bitty animals? As the baby of the family (OMG—my baby is 5!), she doesn’t get many opportunities to take care of others. With this game, she gets to care for, feed and teach her baby pets.

See? It’s educational! She’s totally learning to take care of others. But mostly, it’s entertaining for her. I didn’t think there was an age limit on that. It’s not like she’ll be playing DS through dinner every night (unlike the little boy I saw in a restaurant last week—true story!) or missing out on valuable outdoor fun.

It’s November. And, cold. So, if my three girls want to snuggle into the couch on a yucky day and play quietly side by side? I’m all for it. And, I dare anyone to tell me they’re too young for peace and quiet!


While Ubisoft provided me with this game to review, the opinions I’ve expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest viewpoint. Ubisoft, Clever Girls Collective and I promote Blog With Integrity.

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: , , Read 94 articles by

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