When I was growing up, I never had friends who were boys. I just wasn't that kind of girl - in fact, I never had a good, close male friend until I was in my twenties.
I'd like something different for Beezus and Ramona and I'd like them to have friends that are boys. I also have this theory that girls who have boys as friends (or brothers) are less likely to be boy crazy as tweens and teens, since boys aren't mysterious to them. It's a theory I made up, but I think it makes sense.
Anyway, we've had a couple playdates with boys here in Colorado and with one exception it's a bit awkward to see Beezus and Ramona try to play with them since they aren't quite sure what to do, and the boys aren't quite as keen on making up dance routines and playing dress up.
For this reason and a couple others, I'm contemplating getting a video game system after Christmas. It's a slippery slope and I've resisted it for a long time because I don't want the girls to have more screen time. But on the days that it's below 40, I like the idea of having an indoor play option. However, I have no idea where to start with these things, although I know that it needs to be something that allows 4 players.
Do you have a video game system ? Did you have friends of the other gender as a child ?
1 week ago