“Mommy, is tweeting bad?”

June 24, 2009

in mark my word: twitter will doom us all,no manual for parenting

Nope. Didn’t make this up. This came up in my conversation with my 6 year-old, Mr. Monk, in the car today.

Most of our conversations happen in the car now, it seems. Could Mr. Monk be that smart so as to figure out that when I am driving, I am cornered and hence have to provide some sort of answers to the hard questions he throws at me?

“Mommy, why do you tweet?”

Gee. He got the lingo right. Many adults are still struggling with when to use Twitter and when to use Tweet…

“Hmmm. Why SHOULDN’T I Tweet?”

That’s a complete cop-out. I know.

“Is Tweeting bad?” See? He got that it’s a VERB!

“No. Of course not. Why do you ask?”

“I am just wondering why you do it.”

Hmm. Why did he assume it’s bad just because I am doing it?!

“….. Ok. It’s just like how you and your brother play on Runescape? it’s just something fun that mommy likes to do. Mommy enjoys talking to people on Twitter.”

Suave move, mom. Comparing Twitter to Runescape?! Let me turn the table on him…

“Now, why does it bother you so much that mommy is on Twitter?”

“I don’t know. Because you get to do it all the time, without having to ask. We have to ask you or daddy when we want to play Runescape…”

I wonder if I HAD a regular hobby like sewing or knitting whether he would have been so bothered by it.

{ 2 comments }

Fernweher June 25, 2009 at 12:10 am

hahaha….I remember being a kid of like 12 and wanting to play more video games than my parents would let me. But they didn't have computer hobbies so I didn't see it as unfair in that way. Your child sounds smart. How much time does he see you spending on twitter?
And finally, tweeting isn't bad. Yes, it's something fun to do. But unlike Runescape, it's also a form of communication and getting information. It's like a combination of using the phone and reading a magazine.

The Absence of Alternatives June 25, 2009 at 12:41 am

Guilty as charged! He probably sees me tweeting too often. But I swear, I do it in the middle of doing the housework, for example. Just wondering if instead of tweeting, I knitted, would he have been so opposed to the idea…

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