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As a teenager I knew everything....I'm still trying to figure out when I forgot it all.

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This last week I enforced a limited technology rule in our house. There was
to be no TV what so ever, and the computers were to be turned off (or at
least not used) between the hours of 6pm and 8pm (unless James was working
to a deadline then allowances were made).

It came about because I was sick and tired of hearing "I'm bored" coming
from the blonde kid whenever he wasn't out playing with his friends as we
have a house full of arts and crafts and games and who knows what else. He
used to be really good and doing things with me but as he's got older his
interest has waned and it's easier to veg in front of whatever mind numbing
drivel is being broadcast and not have to use your imagination.

It came to an end last night when the little dude went to his Dads for the
weekend.but it was successful, not once did I hear him complain about
boredom because he HAD to find something to do, there wasn't an easy option
for him to fall back on, and now I'm thinking of extending it!

I'm not going to throw my TV out but I definitely think there should be some
set times when it HAS to be switched and the computers need to be left
26th Apr 2008, 14:08   | tags:

I quite agree. Jas has been learning stuff about the victorians at school, and she thought it would be \"really boring\" to live without telly, so off it went.

26th Apr 2008, 15:11

manijhe says:

I agree too. I\'m really trying to keep as little hobbies associated with technology of many kinds these days!

26th Apr 2008, 15:17

manijhe says:

oh and not to mention that I\'ve done the passive aggressive notes on the telly too! I was rather philosophic though because I had to convince a house of 12 people not to turn the tube on:)

26th Apr 2008, 15:18

Carpe says:

Love what you are trying to do here.

Did much the same myself when mine was smaller.

TV was limited to an hour a night in her room before bedtime.

She has grown up loving an outdoor life.

Does this count as tough love? :)

26th Apr 2008, 16:19

MaggieD says:

I think it was easier for me, my children were not of the \'computer games\' generation at an early age ..... they loved meccano and lego (both girls and boys) .... children do like \'hands on stuff\' and they love to achieve, give them something \'concrete\' that they have made and they will be just as happy (and sometimes more so) than anything that they achieve \'on screen\' ....

.... and I reckon the best thing \'the blonde kid\' has going for him is yours and James\'s and his dad\'s continual love and support :).... a lucky lad indeed :)

26th Apr 2008, 20:49

jc1000000 says:

I\'m moved to a new place and only have a tiny tv that isnt very good so have felt disinclined to sit watching it all day - have found loads of other things to do instead - so am thinking of scrapping my plans to waste money on some super large mega plasma hd screen and sticking to a pencil and paper instead. :)

19th May 2008, 15:10