I don’t know anything about Pokémon Go, and I do not care. BUT, it was visiting day at sleep-away camp and after catching up on texts and Instagram’s, my son jumped right in.
That my son even know about this new game app was wild to me as there is no electronic media allowed at camp. Yet, the counselors all were addicted to playing, and the campers gained all Pokémon Go knowledge through osmosis! That is how our electronic society works!
And I encouraged this play! I told my son to take screen shots so I could write a post! After all, this is his third year away and I have always had a blog assignment for him on visiting day!
And his other dad did not get it. And that was the trick, he did not have to get it, it was just a way to bond with our son! Sometimes parents have to get off of their high horse and play the way the kid wants to play!
There was a Pokémon Go on the car, there was one on my soda at lunch, inside the restaurant! And when we stopped at the beach, and sat on the bench with old people, we knew that the group of four young men working their way over to us were looking for a Pokémon, my son claimed to send out a beacon!
We had one day with our son in seven weeks. I wanted to make it count. One of the ways I accomplished this was to participate in the activity that he wanted to play. I also gave him some iTunes money for some music and split a lobster with him. Parenting is all about marketing! He got everything he wanted and thought he needed from daddy Mitch, I am still golden!