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Parenting And Webkinz

Dec 13, 2007
I can't remember the first time I remember seeing a Webkinz. Like everyone else I'd heard something about them on the media or is passing comments from friends but it really was not something I ever thought I would be involved in. Imagine my surprise.

I vaguely remember hearing talk about them between my daughter and a few of her friends. I recall not really paying attention to it until I heard one of Marisa's friends mention she had 12 out of the 18 Webkinz that were out. One of the other girls said she had 8, another 6 and my daughter said she had one that she received for a birthday gift. I thought to myself that this was crazy and these girls must be a bit more then a little spoiled. As time went on, all I heard from Marisa was talk about her Golden Retriever Webkinz that she named Barkley. She constantly carried "him" around or was constantly on the Webkinz web site. Finally I figured that after hearing all the hype I would check this out. I bought Marisa a new Spotted Frog and off to Webkinz World I went. I wasn't expecting much from this journey, but I figured I would at least have some quality time with my daughter.

In spite of my skepticism, I was very happily surprised. I couldn't believe everything that was involved. You were not just buying a plush toy, you got involved in a whole process. A process that I soon learned was a very positive learning experience. First we had to register our new family member. We decided to name him Henry. We bought Henry food and clothes and furniture for his room. Most of all, we had to play with him and give him attention so he knew he was loved. I couldn't imagine that a toy like this would be able to teach a child such responsibility. Furthermore, some of the games on the Webkinz website were very educational. They were not typical Internet or video games, but actually made Marisa think and learn. I was astonished at the sophistication and care that the Webkinz people took to ensure a positive learning experience for children. Two hours had passed and it seemed to fly by. We had only started on the Webkinz journey but both of us found it amazingly enriching. Webkinz had a new fan and he was well into his thirties.

I can now tell you my daughter is one of those kids who owns an extensive collection of Webkinz. Each one of them has given Marisa much joy and entertainment. Because of the Webkinz she has a much better understanding of responsibility and a better appreciation for education. Today, when I hear Marisa and her friends talking about their Webkinz, I smile to myself. I know she is in a world that makes her feel good about herself. I also know the Webkinz world teaches her responsibility in its own way while keeping her happy. What more could a parent what?
About the Author
Steve Cantellini is an executive moonlighting as a writer on topics concerning family. To learn more click Majestic Webkinz or Majestic Housewares Webkinz Store
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