We made the decision as a family that we would do little to no TV and video games. The thing I don't want however is for my kids to know we made this decision. I never want them to think these things aren't allowed, especially video games, because I don't want them to desire and wish for them. The approach we have taken is to just be busy and productive and don't bring it up. It amazes me how little kids actually want to watch TV and play video games when their minds are stimulated in other ways! It's when I want to turn off that they end up in front of the TV! Nate the other day told me his favorite thing to do was play video games. It took my breath away, especially since it had been well over 2 months since he had played. He asked if he could play his game on the ipad so I gave him a 10 minute time limit and let him play. He didn't even finish the 10 minutes. I came to check on him and the ipad was on the table and he was out in the yard playing. The further away from it we get the less exciting it seems to be.
This year I'm saying NO! No we don't need more and we don't need electronic games and DVDs! What we do need is to spend our days together being creative and giving thanks to God for all we have.
Tools and a creative mind
|It's a marshmallow shooter|
Nature and a daddy with strong arms
An extra pair of gloves for when we don't want to wear shoes
Sweet kitty cats and baby smiles
A great climbing tree and fresh squeezed juice
These are the real gifts.