I chose to live in a small town setting in a large city for a few reasons, one of them being this. In this borough you can't escape the kids playing
in the street...All summer long
My teen boys both have game systems and television in their rooms, but they aren't obsessed with either one, especially not television.
It's common sense really. I'm lucky to live in a neighborhood where kids knock on the door and say 'Can Johnny come out?'. I just never give my kids
the option...If REAL live friends want to play, they come first. I told them they will thank me when they don't miss out on some really fun
adventures outside... They do chores 5 or 6 days a week and they moan and groan and need to be reminded sometimes, but they do it or they don't get
money. If they want 25 dollar tickets to go to 'fright night' at the amusement park, they do 25 dollars worth of work.
Sometimes keeping it going can be gruling and I do feel like a bit of a slave driver at times, but consistency is important. Letting kids become lazy
and spoiled is not worth it to me, I'll keep cracken that whip until I push them out of the nest.
edit on 20-11-2012 by MidnightSunshine
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