|pie chart guilt|
But then comes the weekend.
My children are two very different individuals. EM has generally been up with the sun most of his life. JT will sleep until I drag him out of bed. But on Saturdays, they share a mission. EM sets his alarm and, with JT's permission, wakes him up so they can squeeze as many hours of computer gaming as possible into one day.
I sleep in and am happy to let them interact with glowing screens.
Saturday evening, around 8pm, we were having a discussion about the number of hours they had wasted (my word) on screens that day. They were trying to argue that they hadn't spent most of the day in front of their computers. I started drawing a pie chart to prove them wrong. The green sections in the picture represent time spent either playing computer games, using the Wii, or watching videos. We don't have television service in our home, so it's only what we own that they can watch. But they weren't watching documentaries on Saturday. They were watching the Three Stooges. So they can't even try to argue that was educational. When they saw the percentage of time they had spent on computers was nearly double the time they had spent on other activities that day, they made the wise decision to spend their last waking hour playing with LEGOs. They also planned to wake up early Sunday, before we needed to get ready for church, so they could spend more time playing together with the LEGOs...not on computers.
Ah, the clarity that cold, hard data can give.
But...computers also played an important role in creativity this week. It all started when JT got in trouble for picking on his brother and lost his computer privileges for the day. During the desperation of withdrawal, he had to come up with a way to be allowed to touch his computer...even if it meant in an educational sort of way. When they lose privileges as punishment, we do allow them to continue to use computers for schooling. Otherwise, they might not regret the loss quite so much. Playing the system, JT knew if he told us he needed to work on a project, he might be able to fill his need for computer interaction.
|ready for battle|
|The battle is about to begin.|
Plus, it won't hurt if they keep losing their computer privileges from time to time.