As this school year ends I find myself wanting more for my girls. They are brilliant beautiful girls who have become so trapped by use of the mind numbing gadgets so many of our kids are addicted to they can find nothing to do without them. My husband and I took their gadgets for punishment for the past week so we find them lurking behind us with this dazed and confused look on their faces waiting for us to tell them what to do next with their lives. It’s as if life is over without the cell phone, laptop, reader, and mp3 players. Honestly I feel a lot guilty for overindulging them in the first place. I mean what kid really needs all of that stuff in the first place. We’ve got them so hooked on gadgets they don’t know how to interact with real people. Without the gadgets I’ve noticed how much more they eat. I guess out of boredom. I’ve cut out much of the sugar in their lives because of my own dietary needs, but they found a stash of ice pops in the fridge in the shed and have gone gang busters on those things as if they were the last food supply on earth. I guess we really stocked up last year. Anyway I notice their with sugar the attention span immediately disappears and behavior is radically different.
Looking at all of this I began to think there must be a better way to help my children develop and experience real living over this summer so I’ve decided we will have a summer of freedom from gadgets and sugar. They will be allowed minimal television and be allowed online to post about their experiences this summer. I really want to see how they change with regard to their social graces and conduct over this summer. Mostly though, I just want them to learn how to have fun!