"Our trip didn’t extend beyond state boundaries, as I wasn’t
sure my resolve would have either."So, not a real road trip,
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. :(
Ban those things forever!,,,
"Don't bite your brother's shirt"...I love it!I am glad
it turned out so well. Good job Mom!
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.
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!
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.