This article was originally published on the College Park Patch as part of the weekly column by Gretchen Schock, Parenting on a Tightrope.
Both of my boys are video game addicts.
They are 6 and 8 years old, and I recognize that this behavior is
pretty standard for their age. Seasoned parents have warned me that it
gets worse, but I'm growing tired of their constant desire to be plugged
I realize that their generation will be able to text while doing
everything else they need to do, including eating and bathing. Texting
will be second nature to them. I understand that ... but that doesn't
mean I have to like it.
I know many parents who aren't setting a good example of unplugging
and being present in the moment. I've been guilty of it myself,
muttering an "uh-huh" to my son while trying to make dinner and text a
friend, none of those tasks getting my full attention.
"At Daddy's we can play Wii
all the time," my youngest son said to me after I warned him that in
five minutes the Nintendo would be put away, and he has to choose
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