Decsions. Decisions.

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The moment the pregnancy test displays two pink lines, the life of a Mom begins…and along with our new found mommyhood, we are forced to make decision after decision. Natural birth or epidural? Nursing or formula? Preschool or not? Home school or traditional? Public or private? 

The problem for me is that I am the most indecisive person.  I can barely order my meal at a restaurant!  In fact usually I let everyone else order their meal and then interview the waiter, the bus boy and the hostess on what their favorite meal off the menu is…and finally order, only to change my order three times.

So it should go without saying that I often second guess my parental decisions.

I am not writing this to give advice on how to make good decisions as a Mom.

Actually, it is a plea, no, a CRY for help!

I have a few questions, and I’d love your input.

Can you help a sista out?

My question for today is, how do you manage technology in your home?  TV, Internet, Video games, etc.

Do you set a time limit? If yes, what is it?

Do you have other limits, what are they?

How do you handle technology in your home?

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Noelle Larson is a mom still searching to find the “balance” between her spiritual journey, family, ambition, inner peace, world peace…all while trying not to blink so she doesn’t miss one minute of her beautiful, messy life.  Noelle writes at metromom.org where she journals her crazy days chasing after her kids and husband, deep thoughts, and captures her latest adventures.

1 COMMENT

  1. My children are still younger than yours are so we haven’t reached the internet or video game stage. However, I tend to have the same approach that my parents used with my siblings and me. You are allowed 30 minutes a day, with no TV on Sunday or Wednesdays. If you want to watch a movie you can either save up your time by having no tv for several days in a row or you can combine your time with your siblings and watch a movie together. I am a pretty conservative parent when it comes to letting my kids be immersed in technology. I want them to understand that it is there and how to use it, but I don’t want them totally sucked into it all day everyday. Right now they LOVE to be outside and I want to do everything in my power to nurture that.

    Something that I remember a friend mentioning was (and I don’t remember exactly how she did it) that for every specified unit of time spent outside playing (maybe an hour) would gain them a certain amount of tv, video game, or internet time (maybe 15 minutes). Then she also rewarded and disciplined in the same manner, for doing your chores/homework/helping out around the house withour being asked you earn maybe 5 minutes, but every time you have to be reminded to take care of your responsibilities you lose 5.

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