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College Park Patch: Teaching My Kids to Unplug

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 in.
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 something else to do. To continue reading click here.

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