|As exciting as watching TV indoors as a child in the 1970s/80s. For those of you too young this fixed screen appeared before some crap programme was about to start!|
|No wonder we went outside for hours on bikes, skateboards, roller skates or played 'knock down ginger' where you'd knock on some poor old fella's door and run away. Hard core!|
|Things brightened up in the 80's with a cassette and headphones after, of course, taping the Top 40 on Radio 1 on a Sunday evening. Some of us mastered the art of hitting the pause button before the next advert.|
By week 2 there was a vast improvement and by week 3 we were pretty much home and dry. He'd gone cold turkey and whilst there were times when I wanted to give in and hand back his X-box - my hubbie talked sense and said "if he were a heroin addict would you give it back?" Of course not. An addiction is an addiction and whilst the child is going to hate you ultimately you're doing it because you love them. Nothing more. Nothing less.
|Enter this bad boy - the height of technology with Tetris but even then we weren't addicted!|
In the grand scheme of things the percentage of when your child is at secondary 11-18 is a short compared to their life in total. However, the impact of that short time affects the rest of their life.
|Our favorite family game at the moment|
I've told my son that when he's 18 and on benefits (if he'll get benefits by that time and its not just workhouses) he can play all the X-box games he likes. He'll have hours to waste as will all his friends. This was after he said his friends were allowed to play for hours. These friends are also in booster groups at school and will always be trying to catch up. I bet they're on some great level on Destiny or Halo though as that'll stand them in good stead won't it?
Until next time...