We spent an awesome couple of days with a great family in Gilbert, AZ. It was great to talk about travel, living life on purpose, and doing things that matter.
Our (total of 11) children played excellently together - (the girls gave us spa treatments).
While there was lots of things the boys loved doing together, the one thing my two boys couldn't get enough of was playing the Wii.
They have what I call 'addictive personalities'. When it comes to certain things - sugar, movies, video games - they can't get enough. And once they've had some of it, and I put an end to it, they go through withdrawals - whiney, moody, unfocused.
My personal approach is to avoid all of it for the most part. We eat very little (if any) sweets, watch a rare movie, and have NO VIDEO GAMES (computer games, iPod games, etc.) whatsoever. (It's also a part of our educational approach).
This works great for us. But while visiting friends along the road, we let our kids indulge, (they get their fill of movies, games and sweets) because we're more interested in enjoying the company of our hosts then enforcing our (unconventional?) rules.
So after getting back on the road after a stimulating day filled with Wii and movies, I wasn't surprised when one boy in particular was playing the part of Mr. Moody, and saying things he doesn't usually say like "I want to live in a house," or "I don't like traveling."
Huh? Excuse me? This from the kid that never wants to be home-schooled, because "worldschool is so much better!"
I knew it would wear off. My hunch was confirmed when this is how we spent the next day, camping in the Southern Arizona wilderness.
This is where our kids spent hours (literally hours and hours, from sun up, through wind storm) that day (okay, I guess at first they were in a spot closer to the truck, until they got attacked by red ants). They look bored to death, don't they?
After packing up camp, we stopped to learn about cotton, and picked a few cotton balls. That kept them entertained in the truck for the next two hours.
After some errands in town, we set up a new camp spot for the night.
The fascination here was to cut off pieces of cactus with their new pocket knives, to see if they could find water.
I just like to take pictures of them.
Who needs video games when you can play in real life?
What is your personal experience with or without media?
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