My kids just did a 12 hour drive, over 2 days, twice, with no electronic devices! And we didnt even miss them (we have had DVD players in the past). There, my bragging is done I am actually not anti device, it is more a budget decision for us. We were given a WII second hand at Christmas and my sister is sending her old leapfrog game things soon, so we will see how it goes.
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We share an ipad as a family and neither of us have even touched it for almost a week now. I refuse to ever get a tv in my car or any future cars, and he does not play with my phone at restaurants... We color together instead. I would never buy him a smartphone at 6 years old. I was in 9th grade before I even had a cell phone and he will be around the same age as well... If any earlier, it will just be a cheap phone. I know an 8 year old that has had an iMac, ipod touch, watches tv in the car for a 15 min ride, and now an iphone 4. It's horrible.
Tiven still gets carsick so I'm loathe to introduce electronics in the car. Twice now she's gone on a short ride with friends somewhere along the coast, that you have to *know* will be curvy, and I've said, don't put in a DVD. They did. You'd think they learned the lesson the first time? Nope. She threw up both ways the second trip. Funny, they haven't invited her along on any coastal trips recently....
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I'm definitely not anti-technology. I love technology and well, without it I would be unemployed. My main thing is that I kind of feel like I was raised in a screen-time free for all environment and I feel like it has negatively impacted me, and I know firsthand how hard it is to change things once that has been in place.
Obviously i don't think it ruined me. I'm a good person, I like to think I'm pretty intelligent, I'm happy with where I am in life but I think it would be great if I knew how to focus better...and if i didn't have to constantly fight that urge to have the tv on, or check my phone. While it has never been bad enough to truly negatively impact my life....its significant enough to be a serious nuisance.
I don't want that for my kids and i just keep thinking to myself its in their childhood that they will learn how to focus their attention, learn how to sit quietly, constructively use down-time and all those other things that i could do better myself.
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Hahahahah, I was just going to say the same thing. I was like 25 when I got my first cell phone! I used to call my poor parents every Sunday from some random pay phone somewhere in the country when I was traveling around living in the back of my truck with my dog and boyfriend. I pray my kids are kinder to me.
Yeah I got my first cell phone when i was in my late twenties I think? Seamus and I shared it an i almost NEVER used it. I actually only started REALLY using a cell phone in 2009.
When I was in 9th grade I think my father had one of those gigantic car phones that had its own bag and thats about it.
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