When it comes to my kids playing videogames, I have two simple
rules: no more than 45 minutes per day, and nothing with blood,
guts, guns, and other violent images.
That leaves out a lot of the hot new releases, like Assassin's
Creed III, Dishonored, and Halo 4. If you're a parent like me, that
can create something of a quandary this holiday season: The kids
have outgrown the educational stuff, but you'd rather not expose
them to all that realistically rendered brutality.
Fortunately, alternatives exist.
Because a childhood classic where you pretend to operate on humans is soooo 2010, this week's wacky product is Star Wars Operation, the R2-D2 edition, where you can try your hand at droid surgery. You actually can't even purchase this item yet--or, you can, but it's available for pre-order only until September-but it's just too much fun to pass up.
Abercrombie Kids, a clothing line marketed to children ages 7-14, recently began selling a "push-up" bikini top. Needless to say, many people were disgusted. Thanks to the power of the Internet, it only took a few days for Abercrombie to change the name of the bikini to "padded," although that doesn't seem much better to me.
Fresh from spending over $55 at the movie theater to watch Toy Story 3 in 3D today, I am here to write this week's Frugal Family post. I could talk about how we saved money by opting for the matinee, but the reality is that spending $38 for movie tickets is not exactly frugality at its finest. The movie was excellent and the 3D effects were totally worth the extra money we paid to rent glasses, but the experience served as a reminder of why theater outings continue to be a rare treat for my family.