by Miroslava » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:15 pm
Dingus Milktoast wrote:I want to warn you Luddites about forcing an e-ban on your kids... you make them at once special in a good way and special in a bad way.
When they are teenagers they aren't going to forget all the cool shows and events you caused them to miss.
When they are 30-something they may come to appreciate it. Maybe not.
Just remember what it was like to be a kid.
ps. You cannot make your kids pariah just so they will fall in love with outdoors. THEY have a generation the same was as you do. Its theirs and you CANNOT take it away. Don't try...
by moonspots » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:15 pm
SpiderSavage wrote:...Part of my success was due to convincing my whole family to willingly give up cable television in the early 1990's. I would read to my kids from adventure books like Harry Potter then translate that into real life adventures. My son and I once did a "Lord of the Rings" overnight hike up Millard Canyon carrying only a blanket, some lembas (power bar) and a few magic items like lighter and flashlight. My grown children thank me repeatedly for freeing them from the slave box...
by butitsadryheat » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:59 pm
by SoCalHiker » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:11 am
It is in young kids' nature to whine about all things hard and that require determination. I keep telling my kids that they are getting great exercise, and that "we only have a little bit to go" and they groan, but when we get to the top, or to the destination we were looking to get, they always want to stay a little longer and let a bit more sink in before we have to leave. It always turns out to be "my favorite trip ever," even though they complained the same amount as the time before. almost every trip has been a bit longer than the last, and they are growing to love it.
by Norman » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:20 am
by butitsadryheat » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:55 am
by SoCalHiker » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:57 am
Norman wrote:I have two kids, one goes with me the other doesn't , but tried them both out as a teens. Try getting your kids to invite a friend.
by SoCalHiker » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:01 am
Dingus Milktoast wrote:For what its worth I don't think all those e-devices are evil or even necessarily bad for kids. Actually I think the opposite. I think they are good and empower kids to be part of their society, to actually MAKE that society.
The ties that bind.
I can talk Leave it to Beaver with many of my generation, and using the language of the Beeve can exchange meaningful information.
Now imagine if I'd never watched any 60s television... now try to communicate to a BOOMER without a generational anchor... good luck with that.
Embrace the technology. Oh... have some rules, to be sure. But don't cast technology out with the devil... next you'll be ranting about zippers!
by SoCalHiker » Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:02 am
The first pic is really tough, I thought.
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