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  •  Us too but (0+ / 0-)

    We have not had cable for years (or even an antennae). The problem is we have 3 computers for 4 people (I need 2 for my work). The kids have just switched from TV to internet, to i-pods, to ... It was okay until they hit about 14 or so. Then it got much tougher.

    I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong- Feynman

    by taonow on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 06:15:04 AM PDT

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    •  No iPods Allowed (0+ / 0-)

      In our house. If the kids want music they can make their own (they're all learning instruments).

      But they do have cousins under the age of eight who have iPods (and their own TVs), so it can be a challenge. In general though, the battles have to be fought prior to the age of 14, not after the fact.

      Good luck. I'm not really arguing that any of this is easy. The whole culture is pushing to other way.

      •  Yes it is a challenge (0+ / 0-)

        My daughter plays violin (and makes her own spending money busking) , which helps, so she is quite good at managing her time, plus adding in down time.

        My son though is the resident computer/tech expert. His main hobby seems to be fixing computers and trying out new versions of Linux, which of course gives him the excuse to be on the computer, which then leads to gaming, which is what all his male friends are into. At least the computers are not in the bedrooms.

        Just finished reading "Lost in Cyburbia" which looks at the impact of technology on our lives/society/lifestyle etc. Quite a good read. Part of the problem is that we get addicted to the continuous stimulation provided by our electronic toys, and the other forms of stimulation just don't cut it anymore.

        The big fight though is as you say, against the culture. Its a pretty big wave to battle.

        The joys of being a parent.

        I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong- Feynman

        by taonow on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 07:29:16 AM PDT

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        •  I'm Reading (1+ / 0-)
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          Life, Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff. Broader than just technology, but also about forces which push to destroy mundane human interactions -- like family -- with bells and whistles.

          Living in the country and in a state (Vermont) that is somewhat less "normal" helps.

          I'm hoping my daughter grows up to be a busker (we tell her to take it seriously, since she can always go to Europe and play on the street and get free pints in Ireland, which is way more likely than mom and dad taking out a second mortgage to send her to college and study abroad).

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