When your children are 8 and 11 it’s hard to let a new trend or fad go by without being right in the middle of it. And so despite the fact that it was over 110 degrees outside, the kids and I were walking around the neighborhood this week looking for creatures while playing Pokemon Go. Chances are you have seen people playing the game (or maybe will even admit you are playing yourself). It’s hard to miss groups of kids walking down the street, cell phones or iPad in hand, stopping suddenly in the middle of the block to stare at their phone and catch something.
The game certainly has its positive points – it’s getting people out of the house and walking around. In fact, to make it to the next level, you have to walk a certain distance before you get the chance to level up. The game gives people a common ground to talk about – neighbors I’ve never talked to engaged in conversations with us as we walked around. It’s too bad it’s so hot here right now, otherwise it would have the power to draw even more people out of their houses.
Sometimes it takes a game to remind us of the things that really matter. Go outside. Take a walk. Look closely at your surroundings - you may have walked the same route dozens of times before, but there may be a special treasure, a flower or a bird’s song, that you’ve never noticed. Talk to people around you. Share your experience. Have a conversation. Connect. Oh, and if you find a Lightening Pikachu, let me know :-) .
I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.