Thursday, July 13, 2006

Screen time...

In the effort to need less, one addiction I have is for screen time. I am the only one in the family who really has to fight the urge to check my email, or watch last night's Daily Show. So my new thing is to try not to have any screen time between the hours from 9am to 9pm. That is not far from where we are now, accept for the computer. The laptop has made it very easy for me to check in on things here and there. I want to really see if I can improve my laundry and housekeeping skills if I can focus even a fraction of the energy I use "checking in". We'll see, but I think overall it will be a good thing.

The kids are easy, they dont crave screen time, except for GD, and with him it is a movie thing. He has ALWAYS been in love with movies. I swear the child will work in the movie or theatre industry some day. It is a passion for him. So he will have some movie time here and there, but it is not a MUST for him. the boys do get some computer time on one of the weekend days. They love to play Zoo Tycoon, or roller Coaster Tycoon. I dont mind that so much, it is fun, non-violent and I must say they sure do know a lot about what those animals require to survive. Is it within what I really want for them? No, but it isnt against it either.

So that is another way that I am trying to "need less".


stephanie said...

You are a rockin mama!!! i love this blog!

love and light,

APKimberMama said...

My screen time issues only involve the computer, and lately I've been less interested in it.

Papa loves TV and watches it every night, but rarely uses his computer when he is home (I guess if I programmed all day I'd be sick of it too). Lately he has watched less TV, but I think that has todo with a lack of options. Once his favortite shows are back (which takes a long time for HBO and Sci-FI shows) he'll watch more, and come November there are Laker games several times a week.

The boys don't really know what they are missing. They don't use computers at all; we agree that they are too young and that their time is better used playing and experiencing the world. They watch a movie maybe once a week, unless we are busy doing something else. They do enjoy watching a movie or nature video immensely, but they know that it isn't going to happen very often.

Checking in is my problem too! I'll pop on to check one thing (weather, for example) and have to check 3 blogs just in case someone posted, plus my email.

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