‘FIFA Friday’

Karen is a mum of mixed sex, 15-year-old twins. And knows it. Each week she shares with us what her terrible two have been up to.

‘FIFA Friday has been and gone. For those of you without a teenage son this probably means very little. For those of you living with an Xbox addict who spends his life slouched in a gaming chair with a head set on, engrossed in blokey banter with his classmates, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Coincidentally, this year’s game launch coincided with a school inset day. This meant my son spent the entire day sat in front of his Xbox wheeling and dealing like a Russian oil magnet with a closing transfer window.

‘Now, in his eagerness, the dopey boy had gone and pre-ordered 2 games online by mistake, so on Saturday I took the spare game back to the shop for a refund. While queuing I got chatting to the manager who said that his mum is a school teacher. Apparently on days of big games releases, the attendance amongst boys at her school drops by 18%! I was staggered. Even more so when he said that he’d had a big queue outside the shop for the midnight launch. When questioned, my son said that loads of his friends had gone along to it and had been up all night playing. Just as well it was an inset day.

‘This got me thinking, was our inset day a coincidence, or are schools actually wising up and working out strategies to offset the negative impact of their students’ leisure activities? Maybe, or then again, perhaps some of the male teachers couldn’t wait to get their own FIFA fix!’

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