And the winner of the “Teach Them Diligently” watercolor print is:
Congratulations, Gail! You should get an email from me later today!
Oh dear friends. This parenting thing just doesn’t get any easier. We had a packed weekend, and some of my kids just struggle with that. Silje and David had their piano recital, and did fantastic. We met with our small group. Knut helped me finish the garden. It’s just gorgeous right now. I’ve never seen any of our past gardens look this good.
And yet, my kids still long for screen time. It’s become the epic battle. They are only allowed 1 hour a day, but lately if we are too busy for them to each have that hour, because we are too occupied being at parks or the library or at recitals or a friends house or even a birthday party…we have meltdowns. Coversations of every waking hour is around computer games. It’s become an obsession with more than one kids, to the point where bike riding and exploring the woods is scorned. 1 hour a day is all they are allowed. That’s it.
It’s turned into tantrum throwing, insult slinging, kicking doors, chore-time standoffs, all around headaches. It needs to stop. Again. I don’t want to be a stickler about screen time, but I will be a stickler about one thing: active play. The kids must be able to do some active play, and if they cannot, then screen time goes. You can argue over the benefits or evils of televisions and computers, but no one argues that getting a kid active and deep in imaginative play is bad. I insist that it happens.