I'm going to have to agree with most of you in this thread.
It seems to come down to a general laziness, which I believe is due to , in part, their constant imersion in media, and the instant gratification
that it brings. If something in their world does not bring instant gratification, they are flat out not interested, and immediately deem it
I hate that word. I tell my kid that only boring people are bored.
I don't see any developmental problems with my son (9 y.o.). However, he is mouthy and disrespectful at times. I attribute this to the media that is
floating around in his head, because when we cuddle and watch cartoons before bedtime, which is one of our bonding rituals, the characters all sound
mouthy and disrespectful. Wonder where he got it from. Probably my fault for letting him watch t.v., but I do counter it with discipline if
warranted. Yes, this may include getting his ass spanked. I'm kinda old school that way I guess.
I have to limit media privledges to get him to ride a bike or play outside. He would rather sit in front of a DSI or XBOX than sweat or get dirty.
What does this tell you about the effects of media exposure on children? I liken it to like an experiment I read about concerning lab rats,
coc aine, and choosing between the coc aine, or caring for their young.
Either way, he reminds me a lot of myself at that age, so no complaints, right?
My advice if I had to write a (short) handbook:
-Limit video entertainment.
-Read to your child.
-Be available for them emotionally and physically.
-Set proper boundaries with regards to respect / appropriate behavior.
-Lots of love and positive attention.