Parent Talk: Battling the Technology of Modern Parenting
Remember when kids actually played with each other instead of via electronic devices?
We've past that official midpoint of summer now. This week's weather is a summer dream and with some newfound boundaries in our household regarding electronics, things are going swimmingly. With last week's high and hot temperatures, I didn't mind having all four kids indoors a lot of the times. It was dangerously hot and majorly uncomfortable.
What I did mind?
The constant technology. The ipods and cell phones. Computer time and movies.
I texted our oldest two on Friday afternoon after realizing both had been MIA for longer than my liking only to find out they were each in their bedrooms. Texting.
With the amount of texts these kids send one might think they are actually making plans but most of the time it is things like this.
If you have younger kids you may think I'm kidding, but if you have tweens and teens you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Then there were the younger two who had gotten into the habit of being able to watch a movie in the afternoon versus playing in the pool or on the swingset.
"Can we watch a movie?" one whined at me when I said we were going to the park. Are you kidding me?
Over the weekend we had a family talk about cell phones, ipods, movies and all too much electronic time. It's hard [and annoying] to manage.
When I was a kid we literally played outside all day, every day. We biked with our friends to the Dairy Queen and made new friends at the park. We didn't have all this technology competing for our time. We used the house phone, that was often times connected to a cord, to call and make plans to see friends and we [kids] were gone all the time.
Now if I leave the house my older kids call me 18 times before I get to where I'm going to ask me things like:
"When will you be home?"
"What are we having for dinner?"
"He did this..."
"She did this..."
And so on.
When I was a kid when my mom left the house I had no way to reach her. Going to the store was probably a true break for her if we stayed home. Oh, times have changed.
I'm hoping we have a handle on it for the rest of the summer, barring any 100 degree days, but I'm wondering how other families handle all this "stuff" with their kids? Do you set limits on cell phones and ipods and movies and electronics for summer break? How? Tell us in the comments.