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On Parenting
Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Should a 9-year-old have a Nintendo DS?

From elsewhere in The Post: A girl wants to keep up with her friends, and their interest in iCarly and Hannah Montana, by getting a Nintendo DS for her ninth birthday. Her father is adamantly against it. But one parent thinks the gift could be a good idea, and asks columnist Marguerite Kelly for her advice:

I do think that my daughter is old enough to play the same games that her friends enjoy — and I know that they do enjoy them. I’m the Girl Scout troop leader, and I hear their chatter every week.
I also think that some of the Nintendo games — such as the puzzle-based ones — would be appropriate for my daughter and that they would challenge her mind too.

Kelly advises this family to view the gaming console as a tool to overcome a social hurdle. If both parents agree to give it as a gift, they “should learn to play Nintendo games with your daughter, just as you play Parcheesi or work on a puzzle with her. These moments might seem insignificant to you, but they matter to her now — and they always will,” Kelly says.

Read the rest of her advice, and tell us how you guide your children when they want to fit in with their friends.

By On Parenting  |  12:47 PM ET, 08/23/2011

 
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