A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
Call me crazy, I know the Pokemon phenomenon
is causing a lot of parental grief these days, but I love Pokemon.
We've been into Pokemon for almost
two years now. I've watched the Pokemon shows with my kids, we
laughed together as Team Rocket blasted off again. We cried together
when it looked like Ash and Pikachu would part, and when Butterfree
flew off with his new mate.
Through the Internet, we've made
friends in Japan. We've negotiated some great deals, trading
Furbies for Pokemon. The kids have experienced foreign trade
In my Sneaky Mom way, I'm taking
advantage of their interest. The kids have expressed a desire
to learn more about the Japanese language. So we bought a brush
and ink set and we're practicing writing Japanese characters.
Through the Minnesota Department of Education website, we followed
Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura on his recent trip to Japan.
We've learned about the climate and culture of Japan through
books and the Internet. My kids, whose restaurant choices are
usually limited to McDonald's or Burger King, have recently eaten
at several Japanese restaurants. Which led to the most amazing
thing of all ... my 5-year-old ate sushi: and liked it!
Recognize your kids' interests
and take advantage of them: you never know, you might enjoy yourself
too. Besides, there are enough things in life that irritate us
and keep us up nights, why look for more conflict?
Although I am a little concerned
about Butterfree. Do you think he will return with his family