Yesterday after school my daughter asked for a computer for her room. Yes. It has started. She wants to hang out in her room rather than spend time with the rest of the family. Here is how it went down.
We came in from school and were walking in the door and having a nice conversation about the day. Then she dropped the bomb, "Hey mom. I've been thinking about something."
Me, "What honey?"
"I've been thinking that we should get a little table like this (she motions with her hands), and a computer for my room."
In my head I'm thinking, "What the heck! You are five-years-old." Instead, I manage to say, "Why do you need a computer?"
She tells me that she wants to, "play games and stuff when I want to and not to have to ask or share the computer."
By this time there are a wide variety of thoughts going through my head. Fortunately, my husband and I have talked about computers before, and have decided that we are going to be getting a new desktop in a few months for the family. We've also said that we aren't going to have computers in the kids rooms. But since I'm the only one home, I tell her, "I really don't think that is something we are going to be able to do. Daddy and I have been thinking about getting a new computer for all of us to share. We will probably put it in the kitchen so everyone can use it."
K, "Well you guys can come to my room to share it."
At this point its all I can do to keep from laughing. All that was left was to end the conversation quickly. Could she really seriously think we would buy her a computer and let her loose on it? So, I just say, "I don't think that is going to work. I'll talk to Daddy about it and if we decide you can have your own computer, we will let you know."
All she says is, "okay Mommy. Can we have a snack now?"