Back when I was a kid, one of my favorite things in the world was when we lost power. I know that sounds weird. But it meant my usual loud, TV-watching, video-gaming house was quiet and still, and I could read or write in my room in peace. Maybe even my mother would sit at the piano and play for us — the best, most special treat of all.
I want to offer these times of peace to my children too, and not just once a year, but throughout the year. How do you monitor media use in your house? Do you put the computer away for a period of time each day? Each month? Each year? Even if the outbox gets forgotten or that project never gets finished, this is one part of the cure I really think my family needs to see as permanent.
(Image: Alison Gerber)