Leave it to me to turn a beautiful gaming moment into a teachable moment.
As parents it tends to be our jobs to empower our kids to make good decisions. If these decisions intersect with legitimate interests, then there is a powerful opportunity to create a life-lesson synergy that could lead to enhanced productivity and opportunities for personal development… or I just ruined YouTube for her, one of the two.
As if by some kind of ironic happenstance, when I wandered to where I keep my laptop so that I could write this very explanation about the origins of this gag and why I thought this comic is funny (a thing that definitely makes it funnier, right?) the Kid was using my computer… to watch YouTube… and she a was just sitting there glassily staring at an advertisement for one of those “build your NEXT website with” insert-companyname-here.
I mean, we have rules and time-limits about device use in our house, and if she chooses to spend her allotted time watching ads –and apparently she does — what can I do, really? I mean, draw a comic about it, obviously. And maybe some parenting. Yeah, probably some parenting.
And while I say “sadly” it might just be my age showing, and perhaps she was actually onto something. After all, it could be that someone out there might actually get some joy out of watching me lose at Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne.