Originally posted by AccessDenied
over a year ago I met someone who didn't own a TV....Wanna know what that person did with their time?
Aside from holding a full time job at a youth facility, this person traveled around the world, teaching English in China, surfing in Hawaii, bicycle
tour of Germany, got a pilot's license for both plane and helicopter,and Road trip of the United States. This person had every sport equipment known
bike, roller blades, skis, snowboard, kayak, wind sail board....you name it....
Favorite pastime though..frisbee on the beach.
YOU can't experience life in front of a box in your living room. PERIOD.
I Also know someone without a TV. Wanna know what that person did with their time?
He drank, he would drink cider, beer, vodka. Mainly cider though. The cheap kind. He would only ever leave his flat to get a bottle from the shop. I
saw him many times literally crawling there because his DT's were so incapacitating.
I stopped visiting my friend who lived nearby, so I didn't see him for a couple of years but I heard last year that he had died. He was 37.
Now, he wasn't an alcoholic and kill himself through drink because he didn't have a TV. Just as the guy you are talking about wasn't a great
adventurer and very motivated person because he
didn't have a TV.
It does not have to be all or nothing/black and white. There is no reason that kids can't benefit from modern technology and still lead a healthy,
It seems to me to be a bit of a cop out on your behalf. As though you are to lazy to actually parent your kid and direct them as you believe is proper
and instead you have just given up. It must be much easier to get them to read if they don't have a TV, than you actually structuring their time on
the TV/console/PC etc, eh?
This thread me very sad. Poor kids. I hope for your sake they don't grow bitter towards them. I suppose you could always brainwash them and convince
them that you have sculpted them into superthinkers (actually they are going to missing the strong imagination that their friends have and imagination
is so important!)
You talk about the way kids behave nowadays and I think you are contributing to that problem. It seems like they are very much wrapped in cotton
It is none of my business and I don't ask this judgmentally but why exactly do you have your kids in home schooling? How do you think that will
benefit them? Do you think they will gain more our of personalised education than they will lose social experience? Do you believe that algebra,
learning about oxbow lakes and Pi is more important than learning how to live with people, form friendships, deal with fallings out, learn social
etiquette etc etc etc?
Because even if you were to choose a terrible school and they somehow didn't teach them as well as they would be by being home schooled, the former
can be learnt at any age but being restricted from individuals and groups of their own age group, at such an importantly developmental age could and
would most likely be catastrophic in the future!
Finally, I really, really hope you did all this with completely unselfish thought and with the true belief that it will benefit your kids and not
because you think it makes you appear to be a good, caring mother to other people.