My husband is not a gamer, and never has been. Many of his friends are, but it’s something he’s never been drawn to. When our kids were wee, he was adamant that they would not become those kids who spent all of their days staring at a video game. I agreed.
A few years ago, we got a Wii, and there are a lot of games that we play as a family. There are also some games the kids play without us, be it on the Wii or the iPad, and I can see how easily it would be for them to blow away all of their free time on Minecraft and other such games that they are drawn to. The thing is, I want them to continue to do well in school and to foster a love of reading and of enjoying the outdoors.
I get the draw to electronics (she says, while typing this post) and we’re in a different era than the one I grew up in. That said, my kids need to learn how to balance online and offline, as that’s the world we’re living in.
Here are a few things we’ve instituted:
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