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I’ve embarked on three weeks of summertime solo fatherhood as my wife works for a cookery mag in town. Today I sent the kids and their friends out to the overcast playground for an hour, listened to the Pixies and re-boxed my computer odds-and-ends, discovering innumerable useful cables and connectors, three old Sportster modems and five or six mouses, most of which have no scroll wheel.

Parenting tip: to get kids to eat veggies, hand them out while they play video games. Zombie-like and unfazed, they will chomp carrots and cucumber as they stare at the screen. Anything that isn’t directly vile-tasting will disappear into their maws. The ones playing eat the stuff at top speed just to free their hands, while the ones waiting for their turn appreciate the diversion.

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Comments

  1. #1 Lars L
    July 10, 2007

    Darn clever. You think it works with teens?

  2. #2 Martin R
    July 10, 2007

    Try it! I honestly think it works with video game zombies of any age.

  3. #3 Lars L
    July 10, 2007

    Yep, it does. I just finished a pack of bonbon au gingembre of indonesian manufacture, being unaware of them. It is magic!

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