I found out why my son isn't being invited to any birthday parties this winter
My son is in third grade. He's nine.
In the last month there have been three kids from his very small school, all friends of his not only from school but his soccer team, who have had Xbox slumber parties for their birthdays to which he has not been invited. I was confused and a little hurt for him. Until today when I found out why.
Apparently all the other kids play Xbox online together every evening. Their favorite games are Black Ops and Call of Duty. My son has an Xbox but doesn't play online and is only allowed rated E games. Therefore he's not invited to the parties.
I'm stunned. I guess I'm glad he wasn't invited because if I knew he wouldn't be allowed to go and if I didn't know I would be upset if I found out he had played those games. But mostly I'm shocked that so many 9 year olds are playing those games online. There are 19 boys in the third grade at his school and 14 of them are at the party happening tonight. So my son is one of only five boys in the third grade not allowed to do this? It never occurred to me those games were the norm for third graders.
Wow. Am I that far behind the times?