Don’t Show Your Parents Anime Packs! One of my friends has a very difficult job as dad. He has to take care of his two sons, as well as three teenage girls, who are all in high school. On top of all that, he works long hours at his job, and now he has to deal with all of the added stress and responsibilities of raising these young people. When I was younger, I used to get mad when my parents would make me do homework or clean my room because “my Spouse is coming to town!” But now, since I am getting a bit older, I actually agree with him!
So why should my parents care about this? Well, I’m afraid that as we get older, we will have to deal with increasing levels of responsibility. As my parents grew up with me, they could always see that I was a year ahead of them in school and had a far more successful career. Now, if I had chosen to play a video game instead, they wouldn’t have been able to do nearly as well. I know my brothers and sisters all think that it’s a waste of time, but my father just laughs and says “I guess we’re getting a bit old, huh?”
One of my favorite video games is Zelda. When I was younger, I used to play this game over again. My father used to get me to practice, and I used to feel like I was trying so hard, even though I was only playing the game for a couple of hours each week. But as I got older, I realized that there were much more benefits to playing video games than simply playing.
For instance, when I used to play Mario or any of the other Mario games, I always made sure to get enough rest before I stepped into my house. I also took a lot of time off school, so I could actually learn stuff and study rather than being just sitting there playing. If I had chosen to play a video game instead, it would have been difficult for me to study. Of course, if I had chosen Zelda, it wouldn’t have been nearly as beneficial. I would have spent so much time studying, that it would have been impossible for me to play my game while having so much fun. So, in essence, the Nintendo didn’t prove themselves to be bad at promoting video gaming, they simply showed that the video game industry has advanced and grown.
And let’s face it, kids are going to find something that they like to do. And whether you’re talking about a video game, a television show, or a book, it is a free world out there, and no child is going to be the first to come up with something to entertain them. So, don’t show your parents anime, because it’s not going to change anyone’s mind. It’s a free market, and parents will always choose what to watch, what to read, and what to listen to.
So, don’t show your parents anime, because your kids aren’t going to be able to tell the difference. Instead, encourage them to get involved and make their own decisions. I know that I can’t choose the entertainment that my kids decide to watch or play, but I do try to make an effort to be knowledgeable enough about the industry to know what it is that I’m recommending and to be able to explain it to them in terms that they will understand. Don’t show your parents anime, because it won’t change anyone’s mind.