This is a product review
You always hope that your kids are going to make good friends, it’s just one of those things parents do. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got your eagle eye out at all times, trying to work out who would make a good play date, and who wouldn’t. 😉 But you know that at the end of the day, it’s not really your choice, and you have to accept the people your kids want to play with, and hope they choose wisely.
My kids have always been floaters when it comes to peers. They have a lot of friends, who they play with on different days, and seem to find it hard to settle on making a really good one. While I think this has lots of advantages, I’m always hoping they can find one or two really great friends, because there’s something about a best buddy that we all need. Thankfully, they appear to be getting there.
Last year BJ in particular, floated from friend to friend. I suppose that’s typical being 6, but he took floating to a whole new level. One day he would play with kids in his Reception class, and the next day with year 7 boys. At the end of the day, I could walk from one end of the school to the other, and he would say hello to everyone – and everyone said hello to him. He was just this little Reception kid who everyone seemed to know, and, I hope, like.
But he never had that really good friend. There were a few he chose over others, and their names still pop up in the rotation of friend lists, but there was no ‘one friend.’
Then along came George*.
A new boy arrived this year, and their friendship was instant. (Well apart from the fact that Bailey had no idea what his name was for about three days, but that’s also weirdly normal in year one. )
Anyway George is like Bailey’s other half. They just get each other. No sooner have we walked in the classroom in the morning then George will pick up talking about the last conversation they had, and Bailey understands him. There’s no head scratching or wondering what’s going on, or trying to remember which particular Skylander they had been discussing (at least not from them). It’s an effortless friendship built on similar interests, similar temperaments and an all-consuming love of devices.
Bailey and George began their friendship over Terraria, fortified it through a Minecraft update, and have now sealed it with Skylanders. George has opened up a whole new world to BJ; one that involves a very repetitive made up song about Kaos, sure to send any mother crazy. (I considered sharing it here, but I still want people to read and not hate me, so I didn’t.)
Of course the thing about having a friendship based entirely on a shared love of video games, is that one must have access to said games, something I try to limit on weekdays much to my boy-child’s dismay. Also, according to him, George has pretty much ‘all the Skylanders ever’ and Bailey, having only just discovered this craze (because I am a super woman whose managed to just keep the obsession limited to Minecraft and Terraria for the last year) had none. So whilst George was rising in popularity and coolness, I was losing ground and at risk of being entirely overrun by a world of fictitious gaming characters who wanted to destroy me for not knowing who they were.
Or at least I think that’s what they want to do.
Now while I love George, and his presence in my son’s life is a positive thing, no mum wants to lose cool points, so what is the quickest way to get back in the good books? Secure some limited edition Easter Skylanders, complete with the Skylanders Trap Team tablet starter pack.
I have to admit, even Boatman and I have had fun with this. The pack comes with a portal on which you place your Skylanders, a gaming control, 2 characters and 2 trap crystal thingies, and it all connects wirelessly to your tablet through a free app. I like the old school gaming concept of the control, and the fact that we now have Skylanders without having to buy a very expensive gaming console. Bailey likes it because he has Skylanders that even George doesn’t.
Our pack also came with plastic easter eggs for an Easter hunt, clue cards and the coolest place name posters. Unfortunately the flu took us out so it never happened for Easter, but I’ve put them all away safely for his birthday. Just between you and me, using those, is going to make me the coolest mum in the world. Which is ultimately the most important thing right?
Well that and the fact that my boy now has a good friend that he can play with every day, talk to about all the ‘important’ things, and have understand him when he took about pumpkins being as valuable as diamonds, and Eggsellent Weeruptor Mini being an actual person.
Thanks for coming along George. You’ve made us all very happy.
*not his real name
I was gifted a Skylanders Easter pack for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Do your kids have one good friend, or do they tend to float?