Like a lot of families we have the following items in our household:
- Nintendo DS
- Nintendo Wii
I’m not against them but really too much of them is detrimental. They are time wasters and brain mushers! Of course I refer only to when my children use them not us adults.
We also have all the following items in our household too:
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Scrap paper and craft items
- Science experiment sets
- Electronic sets
Guess which one my children always go for first? The screens! It’s quite shocking because these were children who only nine months ago were devouring book after book. Now these screens are competing for their time so of course we have developed a few new rules in our home, We just make them up as we go along 😉
- No devices first thing in the morning.
- After a couple of hours turn them off.
- Some days are no screen days.
- You must read a book.
- Go to bed if you are not happy with rules 1-4
What I find amazing when we enforce these rules is there are always frowns, sulks and moans. However when they see that that rule 5 above is an option then the creative juices kick in. Suddenly they are writing stories about make believe lands, drawing skateboards and making craft items, they are reading, dancing, running about and telling each other stories. And whilst they are doing these, there are no tears – only pure joy. So if they are so happy doing this, why are these screens more attracted?