he last few weeks we’ve been making much more of an effort to reduce Ava’s time in front of the TV and iPad. I wrote this post last week and then came across a post with the exact same focus on the Mother Down Under blog – snap!
Last month we were invited to dinner with friends who we met in Fiji. They are such a lovely couple who have two young daughters, one older and one younger than Ava. The three girls get along really well and the dynamic just works.
After dinner, the mum suggested that the girls play Uno and she gave Ava a Frozen-themed pack as a gift. It was such a lovely gesture and of course a huge hit! We taught Ava to play and I played along with her for the first couple of games.
The next day at home, Ava wanted to learn how to play properly. Since then, not a day has passed where we haven’t played Uno. The biggest bonus is a lot less time watching TV and the iPad. Some weeknights after kinder, Ava doesn’t even ask if she can have the iPad, she asks if we can play Uno.
I’m so glad that a game I loved when I was a kid has captured Ava’s heart. I’m certain it’s all about winning but who cares what her motivation is. She’s learning, she’s calculating and she’s working out strategies to win. She’s really good at it and on most days, she kicks my butt! She’s constantly keeping score with commentary like – ‘I won 5 and you only won 1 Mum!’
On Fridays (our day off from work and kinder), I usually take drawing stuff with us to our weekly girls lunch. Now all I need is Uno. Last week we sat and played for an hour and a half at our fave local cafe. Such concentration and determination, I love it!
I have to admit that if I do happen to be on a winning streak, there are definitely times when I let her win. After all, she is only four. I can hear her reminding me – ‘I’m four and a half Mum!’