- No tattoos until you are nine and a half
- No leaving home...ever... and
- No drinking maple syrup from the bottle - always use a cup
Our big rule, however, states that there shall be no recreational screen time until after 4pm. 4pm is about the time my brain begins to melt and run out through my ears, so this rule works out well for everyone.
Nevertheless, such is the force of DK's passion for the various console games that constitute her primary hobby, that it is still an occasional source of tension. Lately, large chunks of days spent at home have been filled with longing, complete with jubilant countdown, for that magical time when the real fun can begin. A realisation that 4pm has arrived or is eminent while we are out can result in tears and accusations.
She has also developed coping strategies to get her through the long gameless day. One of them involves toting this hefty tome about with her.
I have seen this level of engagement in her before, so I am deferring parental anxiety as much as possible for now. If anything, I have to admire her passion. Hopefully life will return to a healthy balance once more when the electronic sheen wears off her most recent slew of extravagant gifts from good ol' Uncle Wes.
In the meantime, she is quite pleased with herself, having found a loophole that will allow her to use her beloved Wii whenever she likes.