It is Marriage Monday over at Woman to Woman Ministries. Join us as we discuss Taking Care of His Wife!
I remember taking family vacations as a kid. We had books or toys to keep us occupied on the long drive. We even played car games, like finding the letters of the alphabet. We entertained ourselves or each other. These days, we do not know how to entertain ourselves. Kids stick their ear buds in to hear their own iPod, DS or DVD and media is entertaining them.
My husband often tells me of times when he was a young boy. In the summertime he would leave right after breakfast to play baseball or ride bikes with the other neighborhood boys. They stayed outside playing hard all day until the street lights came on at night. But today, children have to be pushed out the door. They would much rather sit inside and stay connected.
As we have said, with any social media, there is nothing wrong with media in and of itself. But like with all things, we need to have rules in place and we need to use it in moderation.
In our home, we have a rule of no electronics until after lunch time. This means no computer, tv, ipod, video games, anything. In the morning they must play outside, with toys, games or do a craft. We checked into getting a DVD player for our van. After much discussion we decided against it. We feel our kids need to learn to entertain themselves and connect with each other and us. We do let them take their DS and iPods on long trips but encourage them to not use them the entire time.
I encourage you to discuss this with your spouse and pray together about how you can keep your kids involved and interacting with the family. Agree together on rules you can set into place and inform the kids of your rules.
Help your kids learn to unplug and spend face to face time with the family.