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Between the computer, video games, tv, and cell phones it feels like we are living with strangers. How do you get your kids "unplugged"?

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bonniejjones

Asked by bonniejjones at 2:32 PM on Aug. 12, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • We have family movie night and even once in a while turn everything off and just sit and talk, read out loud to each other, do shadow puppets on the wall. When they were really little we made forts in the living room and roasted marshmallows outside. It's easy, you just got to have fun stuff lined up to do, not just tell them to turn off the tube etc...
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 10:28 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • I take them outside and do stuff with them! Like the park or swimming! Stuff they are interested in that is away from the games and stuff! We do family time too, like dinner and a movie! No phones or anything! We leave ours at home as well!!!
    alyjax03

    Answer by alyjax03 at 2:35 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • Start doing more things together as a family. Not sure how old your kids are but this type of stuff starts from when they are little. It's hard to kind of change it up once they are teenagers. Also, dinner together as much as you can manage...every night if possible where there are no interruptions.
    NJMom2Tyler

    Answer by NJMom2Tyler at 2:47 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • You don't HAVE the stuff !
    Seriously, I learned that if the kids watch ANY of it, then it creates a hankering for it. When I would introduce restrictions like "after your homework's done", then the homework was dashed off and also viewed as a nuisance (NEVER a good attitude to instill in your children toward schoolwork!)

    If we said, "Only on the weekends", then every other activity throughout the week was boring, lame and exasperating.

    BUT ! When we had no TV in the house, no video / computer games, suddenly they had all kinds of outdoor play to do, they were interested in our playing board games, etc. together ... they even took to enjoying opening a volume of the encyclopedia and reading through it, or reading an issue of National Geographic. The floor in front of that large bookshelf was always a display of open encyclopedias and Nat'l Geogr, science, and story books.

    You have to discipline YOURSELF to stop, too.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:09 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • We ride bikes, play outside, go to the pool, got to the library and visit the childrens museum. My kids have TV's, Ipods, video games and cell phones. The key word is they have the stuff the stuff does not have them. They can take or leave any of it and that is why we allow technology. If they ever become so addicted they whine because they cannot text they will lose the device. My friends daughter is 16 and tried to commit suicide when her parents took away her cellphone, TV, computer and IPod. She said life was not worth living. She is in therapy and all tech devices have been permanently removed from her room and the house. My friend had no clue a kid could become so addicted to that stuff and regrets allowing the stuff to own her daughter instead of the other way around.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • just unplug the items go outside go for a walk. if you limit the stuff ear;y it is no big deal to have it off
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 4:16 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • We set limits (one hour max of computer/TV a day, based on homework.

    Family dinners didn't really work for us, so we have at least 1/2 hour of family Uno (a card game) every night.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:45 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • dont pay the bill. Make them earn it, take them off of it. OMG what are we doing to our kids these days
    2manylilboys

    Answer by 2manylilboys at 9:34 PM on Aug. 12, 2009

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