Figuring out new things…don’t like it

Both kids have developed a sudden love for video games. We tried pushing it off this summer as long as we could, but we relented. Minecraft.

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We have entered a new play zone. They’re growing up.

This meant hours of research online learning about it, deciding which version to buy, setting it up (which Chris did), learning the game, enduring YouTube videos of people playing the game, and (fruitlessly) establishing cross-play between servers. I don’t like it at all!!

It seems easy to understand but little details slow down the process. I’ve been helping Elliot set up a play with his friend online, and it’s been a process. I handed my phone over to the kids and they misread their friend’s username. So the whole time I’ve been dealing with the wrong name. Impatient and frustrated! I so want to get mad at them and at me for not double checking the spelling. Ack! I feel bad that we wasted everyone’s time. Kids are clueless about this: Ellis fell asleep after waiting for texts from friend’s mom and Elliot is humming as he plays minecraft by himself.

I hope you don’t mind. Just needed to share my maddening past hour.