How Fruit Ninja Made Me a Better Mommy
We seldom think that we can learn anything new from our children. We think we are the teachers, our children are our pupils and life is full of one-way teachable moments. I guess in a lot of ways it is, but every once in a while, they teach us something.
Sometimes it is the big things like to slow down, enjoy life and just have fun. We get so caught up in the big picture that we sometimes don’t appreciate a simple, single act for what it is. My daughters taught me that.
Sometimes they teach us something that seems inconsequential, but really it benefits our life. That is how I came to know Fruit Ninja.
Fruit Ninja was a game that was installed on my daughter’s Nabi. It was cute and they really enjoyed it. I never gave it a second thought. It is great for hand-eye coordination and they really seemed to giggle a lot while they were slicing fruit and avoiding bombs. One evening at ballet, my 7-year-old challenged me at Fruit Ninja. How could I refuse?
Can I just tell you, I laughed harder than I had in a long time. My daughter enjoyed kicking my butt and we just were. There was no teachable moment other than my daughter teaching me to just stop and enjoy her childhood with her, in the moment, and I did. And really, isn’t that the most important lesson of all?
So, what the heck is Fruit Ninja? Fruit Ninja is a game app available in lite form for free, or 99 cents for the full version. It’s so easy; simply swipe the screen to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Sometimes, I even hear a “Ha-YAH!”in my head to accompany the slices. I only wish there were throwing stars to accelerate the process.
Be careful of bombs, which will ruin your day real quick by bringing the whole thing to a screeching halt. Stupid bombs.
I play in classic mode, which is the original game that started the entire phenomenon. If you are any good at the game, I am not, you can unlock awesome backgrounds and blades. Maybe even Chinese throwing stars. Of course, I don’t know for sure because I am not that good. But I still have a blast playing it, especially with my girls.
For you competitive types, you can also post your results to Twitter and Facebook. If Fruit Ninja classic mode is not challenging enough for you, there are three extra game modes; zen mode, game center multiplayer (this is how I played with my girl) and arcade mode.
I get it, it sounds crazy that a grown woman is raving about a game in which a little fruit ninja slices fruits open, but I am telling you, that little ninja reminded me to listen to my little girls laughter and just how lucky I am to have her to laugh with.
Everything I do is for her and her sister to have the highest quality childhood, so why not stop and play with my girls; just be in the moment and enjoy their childhood. Cherish it.
What’s your favorite online game?
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