The other morning before school, Maxi was on the computer playing Moshi Monsters, Cappers was drawing on the iPad and The Badoo was having Cinderella read to her by an English gentleman who says 'dunce' rather than 'dance'. I turned to my husband and said, "yep, we're living the 'i' life".
We have strict 'screen' times during the week (I posted about how we work that over at Live4 this week) mostly needed for Maxi who is sadly addicted to the internet at the ripe old age of eight. Even though the Tsunamis are well aware that there are only certain times set aside to watch tv, go on the computer, play on the Wii or PSP, go on the iPod, iPhone or iPad... well, now that I write that down, no wonder they constantly try to push the boundaries. Who the hell can fit that lot into 6 slots a week?!
So, I'm changing this post from one about allocated screen times to a discussion on setting ourselves up to fail. Are you with me?
Here I am whinging about my kids whinging about screens and I'm the one that has managed to load them up with eight different screens to choose from. If I don't like them spending too much time electronically, why oh why are we that darn connected?
Part of me thinks it's a 'sign of the times'. Every generation has a sign and ours just happens to say, "kids need to be outside, get them off the screens". I totally agree with that statement, but even I am at a loss to explain why after they've had a good run around outside, playing on a computer game is any worse for them than reading a book. It's not like the book reader is getting all kinds of exercise.
Don't get me wrong, my kids are all big readers (even The Badoo who 'reads' books to you that have amazing plots not even contemplated by the book's actual author). But when it's wet outside and we've exhausted our tolerance for board games and gentle chit chat around the piano, isn't a little go on the iSomething okay? Think of all those computer-type skills they're learning... not to mention the fact that Maxi and Cappers break out in a good healthy sweat playing each other in tennis on the Wii.
So, I'm not entirely sure what this post is about and I'm hoping you can help me with that, but I reckon our generation is at a crossroads between the nostalgia for the childhoods we all had and this new childhood dreamed up by computer geeks. Personally I think a balance is okay, which is why I won't be throwing the lot into the bin, but I will also be maintaining our 'screen time' rules for now. But maybe an extra half an hour a week won't be such a bad thing...
Are you living the iLife too?
What rules are in place at your place?