Where are all the kids? Drive through a neighborhood, and see all the empty streets! Those well-manicured lawns with the fancy play structures, empty! Where are the kids on bikes, roaming around looking for other kids to play a game of kickball?
When I was a kid, we could stay out until the street lights came on.
When my older kids were younger, they had no television, and when we got a computer, the nice fat desktop, it was the only one in the house, and it sat on a table in the living room, hogging the phone line when one was online. It was so easy to see who was doing what or instant messaging whom.
These days, kids have their iPods or phones and communication with each other on these devices are as vital to them as breathing. We have times here at home when we all put them away and actually...talk to each other! I am mean sometimes, making kids get offline, stop playing video games, and DO SOMETHING ELSE. They are pretty good about it, but kids are people too, and people tend to take the path of least resistance, and amusing oneself online is just too easy.
My rant here is this: electronic devices are making us lazy and fat and apathetic about the world around us. Our whole lives are documented with pics on social media. But in it all, we need to actually relate to each other and LIVE.
I will continue to do my part to be a Mean Mom, to nag and get after them. Life is too short to spend it all in front of a screen. And on this note, goodbye for now!