IS THE XBOX A PANDORA’S BOX?
On to one of the more trivial dilemmas of modern parenting – whether to get your child the gadget they so desperately want.
We have navigated the smartphone question with our daughter, who’s had one for a few years now. But, apart from the fact the screen seems to get broken every five minutes, we are now at that stage of “It’s so embarrassing that I have such an old phone. No one has this model any more!” (It is the same one her parents have and we cope fine.)
Now, in the run up to Christmas, our son, who’s seven, has suddenly started talking about an Xbox. We’ve never had to think about one of these before. I dread it. I’ve heard from other mums that their boys change personality when they games. I know Hugo just wants to play FIFA20 at the moment, but what would it lead to and would we ever get him off the thing? Also, I was staggered by the cost. This is a major investment! He’s only in Year 2. Surely I can sit this one out a bit longer?