Momsensical: I banned all electronic devices from my family's latest road trip

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  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Jan. 26, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    "Our trip didn’t extend beyond state boundaries, as I wasn’t sure my resolve would have either."

    So, not a real road trip, then.

  • nhsaint PETERBOROUGH, NH
    Jan. 25, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    I raised technology-free kids who are now becoming parents. My son's friends never came outside during the day- their blinds were drawn, and they played Nintendo non-stop. My daughters' friends watched endless children's movies. My children played outside, swam in the river, read books, made plays and performances for their parents, and sewed, painted and played music. They were never bored. Once in the teen years, my children were permitted to have email addresses and learned (with my supervision) to navigate the internet while staying safe. They learned quickly, and went off to college with all their digital pals. Their adult/family world is saturated with media, and their children are in the room with electronic devices all day. The babies are fascinated by laptops, cellphones, and IPads, because the adults are modeling overuse. The part that troubles me most is the disconnect I sometimes see between my adult children and their children. Sometimes the device wins out over paying attention to a sweet ten month old who wants to babble and interact. Breaks my heart. :(

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Jan. 23, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    Ban those things forever!,,,

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    "Don't bite your brother's shirt"...I love it!
    I am glad it turned out so well. Good job Mom!

  • Cat Centerville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    I do this once or twice a week to my kids. I tell them that today is a electronic free day and they have to use their brains. They aren't happy with me and they drive me crazy running through the house and being very noisy. It usually works better in the summer when they can run outside. But I totally believe they need to unplug.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 5:48 a.m.

    Amen to ban of violent games, add dark fear terrors to that and celebrate the good in life/challenges, be heroic-Mom and rewards will go on forever!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 22, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    I commend you, Susie Boyce, for going to the extra effort to make such a road trip. I am a great grandmother so when I was raising children long ago, we didn't have the tech devices. But I wish I had more influence on how tech devices affect my grandchildren. I am so glad that one family has no TV connection, no smart phones and very few tech games. The children are home schooled so they use computers for some of the supplemental lessons. The two six year olds spend much of their play time doing role play with dozens of stuffed animals. They love books. They have realistic expectations. Other grandchildren do more with tech equipment, but all are restricted to some extent, and I'm grateful for that. Wake up parents, do more old-fashioned socializing with your children (and other descendants). I think a huge favorable impact would be felt if parents said "NO" to all violent tech games.