In Defense of Pokémon Go

I dedicate this post to all the Pokémon Go Widows out there.

After the intense phenomenon of Pokémon Go hitting America and my husband making fun of the hype I was shocked when he answered he would most definitely be playing Pokémon Go upon its release in The Phils. Oy, I think I pulled a muscle rolling my eyes so hard. It didn’t stop there, when he began playing I was almost embarrassed to be walking with him. After how many years of all my shenanigans this is the lightest sentence I deserve. BUT then something changed…he started involving the kids and they bond and spend time together. Most nights now my family walks around our village as we hunt for Pokémon. (Don’t worry I am fully aware of how nerdy this is. Also, Please note that I correctly spelled Pokémon. How is that for respect?)

So, I give you to the a pictorial defense of Pokémon Go.

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Just a dude and his homies about to catch ’em all.
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Our 3 yr old doesn’t often use technology so this is a treat for him and time to practice at least a few skills on the iPhone.
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Here they are discussing the map and seeing if any Pokémon are on the horizon.
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We make the brothers take turns during these walks. They have to practice patience and turn taking skills.
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Admiring one another’s work and cheering each other on. Ha, am I reaching with this one?
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Critical thinking and decision making are needed when you decide what ball you will use and if you will ‘power up’ or ‘evolve’.
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We end up walking quite a bit each night.

At the end of the night we have walked a bit, worked together and enjoyed being out of the house. Electronics are not personally my top choice but we might as well use it as a family and to move our bodies a bit. So, in defense of Pokémon Go there are some good things that have come of it.

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