As a regular habit, I don’t like my kids on the computer. Do you?
Lately, as I excitedly and frantically pursue butyrate and resistant starch knowledge from infinity and beyond, I have had my nose and fingers buried in the computer. Monkey see, monkey do. My kids followed suit and had their paws all over the iPad, phone, and laptops. I had to come up with a computer rule in our house that seemed reasonable and fair.
Our computer rule:
The computer is to be used for learning or correspondence.
Are you doing that? No? Then get off. Are you? Okay. Sorry then. You’re good to go…
- My kids adore Pinterest, but they were pinning and never doing. Be a doer, not a Pinner. Actually do your Pins, and you will earn more Pinning privileges.
- Solitaire definitely doesn’t count. I don’t care if every single one of your grandparents play it in front of you. It rots the brain and is addictive. However, Solitaire with a deck of cards is supreme. Go for it. (I seriously have the best parents and in-laws. I once toyed with the idea of sending my kids to my parents so I didn’t mess them up. Sorry I can’t control my mouth, Mom. 🙂 It hurt too much trying.)
- Blogging is correspondence and learning. Yes, you may have your own blog after you have 20 posts typed up, edited, corrected and ready to go.
I had to change my patterns.
I have taken to printing out the research articles I want to read. I carry a pen, pad of paper, dozens of articles and a clipboard around. My articles are being written the antique way. My blog looks that way, too…
But guess what! The monkeys like it…
And so do I. Never forget. Monkey see, monkey do. What do you do?