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Technology Time Eating into Family Time?

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A colleague forwarded this NY Times article titled "Breakfast Can Wait. The Day's First Stop is Online."  The story actually made my stomach do a flip- flop. No, not because I skipped  breakfast to check my email and Facebook... but because it worries me to the core, how technology will affect how our kids interact with other human beings when they are adults.  We set limits on bedtimes and dessert – we need to have common sense limits on technology, too.

My favorite quote in the article:

“Things that I thought were unacceptable a few years ago are now commonplace in my house,” she said, “like all four of us starting the day on four computers in four separate rooms.”

Yikes.  So do we just roll over and say that times have changed? The sense I get from this story is that some parents are giving up. The parents themselves have succumbed to addictive nature of technology, so how can they say no to their kids.  I applaud the families that have said no to technology every minute of every day and have designated family time --  like the Steyer family in this article.

How has technology affected your daily routines?

What rules do you set around computer & cell phone use?

Do you think technology will impair our kids’ ability to communicate person to person?


Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?