Pretty much every study tells us that kids + screen time = detrimental. Imagine my horror. Not only do my children have zero interest in the things I enjoy*, they seem to love only one thing: the screen.
You may be saying, "Oh what's the big deal? Many kids, left to their own devices, will spend the whole day on the computer. You have to set limits! Simple!" Sure. If I want to police them ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY. Which I do not.
Uno truly has an ability with computers/systems/technology whatnot. I'm 99% certain he'll end up working in the field. How to temper a burning desire? It's his thing.
This week is fairly schedule-free, so I decided to see what they'd do. Sure enough, all day.
When I was 9 (and/or 11), I did not need my mother hovering over me, prying me from a crack pipe. I did not need my mother to ENTHUSIASTICALLY LEAD ME IN MANY ACTIVITIES! Or GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS! I did the things I liked. I read books, drew pictures, played with friends, wrote stories, climbed trees, stared at clouds, whatever.
What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks has happened? I feel like a terrible mother for not figuring this out. I feel like failure on my part has allowed them to become computer addicts. What does this mean for them down the line? If it were only a pastime, I'd put the kibosh on it. Take it away from Uno, though, and he'll spend all his time thinking about it: ways to improve things, ways to modify things, things I don't understand. It's not just a pastime for him.
I hope that this is just a bad day and my perspective (questionable) will return tomorrow.
*P.S. I do not think kids have to share the same interests as their parents. I merely mentioned that because it's been a hard realization recently. That plus the crack computer issue has resulted in a small dark cloud coming to visit.