Oct 30, 2016

Pokemon Go...AWAY!

Most parents have toys their children play with that drives them nuts. I would bet that most people hate the loud toys…maybe a drum set or a kid karaoke machine, or perhaps a really annoying movie that is watched over and over. Not me. I have developed a deep hatred for Pokémon. In fact, I’m confused AF about it. As of late, it has become my oldest child’s obsession. Every minute of every day he is going on and on about those creepy little cards. Each one has a name I can’t pronounce and a unique set of skills and characteristics. My son somehow knows them all by heart.

This strange little card game has been popular since I was a kid. I remember the boys that would collect them, trade them, and play some game that I didn’t understand, nor did I want to. The cards are like gold. I’ve seen kids who steal them from each other or bully the younger kids into giving them their cards. It’s just plain ridiculous. They are cards…CARDS. Made of paper. Plus they have creepy creatures on them. If I had a collection of these devil cards in my room, I would be afraid they would attack me in the night.

I can’t even think about how much money has been spent on this game. He saves all his money to buy decks and booster packs that he will eventually trade away to his friends on the bus. Sometimes he even cries after he opens the packs because he didn’t get what he was hoping for. The drama. Now, he has even gotten both his sisters involved in this. They also have no idea what he is talking about, but the appeal of collecting creepy cards lures them in. Nothing leads to an all-out screaming match at our house than stolen Pokémon cards.

To me, this Pokémon jargon is another language…one that I simply don’t know if I can ever learn. If you want to feel like a box of rocks, just try talking to your kid about Pokémon characters and the rules of the game. Maybe I am just an idiot, but I can’t even decipher what he is saying. He’ll say “I got a Charizard EX upgrade and a Jigglypuff with destruction points.” What does that even mean? Is that good? He’ll come home from school grinning from ear to ear and say he got an Alakazam and all he had to do what trade a Diglett and a Blastoise for it. Super. What a deal…I think. Oh, and let’s not forget that these creepy things can evolve. From what I hear, that is a good thing. How does a card evolve?

I hate to say it, as I never want to be uninterested in what my children are talking to me about, but the minute he starts talking about this game, my eyes start to glaze over. I say a lot of “cool” or “Wow, that’s amazing”. It’s pretty much like torture having to listen to it. He even enjoys watching the dorks on You Tube who film themselves opening packs of Pokémon cards and explaining the features of each one. First, why would you ever record yourself doing that? Do you really not have anything better to do with your time? Second, why would you ever want to watch someone else opening packs of cards? How is that fun? I can’t even…I just THANK GOD I don’t have to actually play the game with him. That is the hubsters job (plus he secretly enjoys these dorky games).

So… bring on the drum set. The bright side…he hasn’t started Pokemon Go. I’m sure that will be next. Unfortunately, Pikachu lives on.

15 comments:

  1. When Pokeman came out originally my kids were small. I took them to that horrible movie in an actual, big, loud theater. I left my 2 tiny defenseless children ALONE in that theater because I could not stand to be in the room. (I watched them through the little window in the door, but still...) Hopefully pokeman go will be gone soon.

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    1. The show is bad too. My son loves it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I cant deal with these weird little things.

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    1. I hate them. Why does everything have to be so weird?

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  3. Phew we have missed this trend so far - I am sure its coming at me though. Like a brick in the face.... #EatSleepBlogRT

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  4. I am so bored of this too! Thank god my children are too young, and too old, to be interested but I have friends who spend their weekend Pokémon hunting, I can't think of anything worse!! Pokémon Go Away made me laugh, thank you for linking to #momsterslink

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    1. First thing this morning....Pokemon! Grrrrr....Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Substitute "Winx Club" for "Pokémon" and that's where I'm at. I can't tell you how much I don't care about those fairies, but I suspect I will have chapter book bedtime read my way through the entire series by the end of the year in wild attempts to teach my eldest to read.

    As for Pokémon, my friend's 5-year-old son already has a collection of these and is exceptionally proud of them. I don't get it at all. And I feel your pain. - Louise

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  6. This post could not be more perfect for me! I am so glad you linked it up with #mg! Would you believe I am sitting here working on my blog and in the background my newly turned 7 year old son is watching Pokemon episodes whilst sitting in front of his cards! It all started when on September 30th Adam tined 7 and received his first ever Pokemon cards from his best friend at school. Now all I hear is Pokemon, I too glaze over nodding yes, and wow, and that's cool as he explains all these details to me I have no interest in understanding. He wanted a pikachu suit for Halloween I was happy to buy it but am living to regret it, yes he is adorable in it he really is but he won't get it OFF! Luckily he school has asterisk uniform policy or it would be glued to his body. My hubby plays with him and so does his eldest sister so I can steer clear!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad I'm not alone!

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  7. I have effectively avoided the game so far, however I am sure of how long I can continue like this. I try not to let my children watch Pokemon. The whole world is abuzz with Pokemon and I feel like a monk in midst of all this. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Glad I am not alone! Good luck avoiding the Pokemon cult!

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  8. Haha. This made me laugh. No Pokemon in our house yet but I live in FEAR! I do remember having very strong feelings about The Polar Express a few years back, especially when it was still being watched in July. #MG

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  9. Oh GOSH, I hope my kids don't get into Pokemon, rofl, my students always were obsessed and it made me feel crazy just like you're describing... HILARIOUSLY. Thank you for sharing your humor with us at #Fridayfrivolity! Pinning and tweeting!

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