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I like my computer, the iPad, the iMac, a lot. I like spending hours surfing the web looking at Pinterest and getting sucked into the blog world. Obviously all of this is true, because I’m here, but do I want my children following in my electronic path?
When I have given over to their pleadings for time on the computer, minutes turn into hours and before I know it they are screaming at each other and rightly so. They haven’t been spending hours filling their minds with goodness they’ve been killing skeletons in “survival mode.” And what about my attitude after I’ve spent time filling my head with what I wish life could look like? I’m sure I get cranky too.
What is a mom to do?
I like technology but I know there is a time and place for it. When I put it under the authority of Jesus and spend my online time in the fringe hours my children are not taking second place. When they have a timer set for how long they can each have chasing skeletons and building brick buildings they do not loose themselves. Running life of idle never makes anyone feel good.
The tug-of-war for me comes from them wanting to play for hours and me wanting to set boundaries. Most days I win, but when it’s just me at home and there are two of them I give up and the day goes away.
I am hopeful that with the school year approaching we will have to many other creative outlets to spend our time on then Mindcraft and Pinterest, which are not bad just wasteful.