Thursday, May 23, 2013

all in a day's play

 Let's see.  There were computer games and Netflix.  There was more wiffleball, with Mama joining in this time.

Camille played with our dog and took her for a mile-long jog.
 Ayla helped me plant pickling cucumbers, mini sweet peppers, and some kind of tomatoes.  Our varieties are all mixed up at this point.

 Sylvia played on the computer on Pixie Hollow and then constructed a super duper living room fort with Discovery Kids construction pieces.
 There was some basic geometry involved in figuring the best way to construct the roof and the 'guest bedroom'.

 It was covered with a sheet.
 looking up

My children don't have arbitrary limits on their time spent on the computer or watching television or daydreaming.

People often say things like, "If I didn't limit screentime, my child would just stare at a screen all day."  There is a lot of educational value in computer games, video games, YouTube, TV shows, documentaries, and movies (yes, even the ones that aren't billed as educational).  However, given an environment of support and interaction, with interesting people, places, and things surrounding a child, even the most die-hard fans will participate in other activities as they find them engaging.  I love that without limits TV and computer use can just be one more option, as can wiffleball and audio books and building forts in the living room.

If you're interested, there is a short article written by Pam Sorooshian on the Economics of Restricting TV Watching of Children.  Marginal utility, anyone?

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love those construction pieces. They would make a perfect outdoors activity right now.

    Right now both my girls are outdoors as I type this. They have been out most the day. They too can watch TV or play on the computer all they want, even our preteen.


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