Monday, May 10, 2010

Battery Powered Bubbles: Genius... or Lazy?

I bought these battery-powered bubble blower wands for my kids.  You dip them in the bubble solution, push the button... and Voila!  Bubbles!  Hundreds of bubbles! 
My daughter is 19 months... so the "old-fashioned" bubble wands end up going straight into her mouth.  My son is 3 1/2 and can sometimes blow the bubbles, but most of the time he chooses to wave the wand wildly & flings soap everywhere.  These magic bubble wands are much less messy.

So, I'm thinking these magic bubble wands are genius... but then I started feeling like a bad mom.  Like I'm turning my kids into lazy little bums.  Sure, this is easier & the results are better... who doesn't love instant gratification??  But isn't part of the fun actually blowing them yourself?  There are so many other electronic toys out there... should BUBBLES be powered by batteries too?  Ugh.

Maybe I should just enjoy the satisfaction of watching them play outside instead of watching TV.... AND my golden retriever won't fetch worth a crap, but he'll chase bubbles all day long. 

More bubbles + more fun for the kids + more exercise for the dog = more quiet time for me. 

My vote = genius.  But what do I know?