Since we bought our first children's computer game, about a decade or so ago,weekend computer time has dominated my children's weekends. Even though each child only received 30 minutes of play each day, as the children added up, so did the time spent in front of the 'puter even if was only watching siblings play.
Most of the games were at least somewhat educational and since it was a great way to keep everyone quiet during naptime, Bryan and I came to rely on it. However, we began to notice that even the prospect of computer time consumed the children's thoughts and actions. It was the highlight of their day and maybe of their week.
The final straw came when several children lost their computer privilege, and their world just melted into wails of "what am I going to do?" We pulled the plug.
It's been about six months now, and Bryan and I stand firmly by our decision. The children focus on playing with each other. Ted and Caleb's relationship has grown especially strong, and a mutual LEGO admiration society has developed.
So here's my New Year's challenge to you: Are electronics are coming between your children and their relationships? Could things be improved if you pulled the plug?
A big thank you goes out to Ted who, even though he still longs for his computer time, encouraged me to write this post.