Is your toddler's favorite toy your iPhone? Does your preschooler know how to operate your dvd player better than you do? Is your kindergartener as handy with a mouse as with a pencil?
For many of us the answers are: check, check, and check.
It's true: our 21st century kids are fast-forwarding into a technological future that we can now only dimly envisage.
Although debate rages over the intellectual and emotional implications of "screen-time" for kids and teens, most parents can agree that it's especially important for young children to be "unplugged" as much as possible.
So if reducing screen-time for the kids was one of your dimly remembered resolutions for 2013, now is the time to act on it. Spring weather, after all, makes it easy to get out of the house and leave the TV behind.
Here are a few of the things we like to do to escape the electronic glow for a bit, reconnecting with our children and having them reconnect with the world around them:
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My house is overrun with technology, not only for me but for my daughter. She has a DS, a Wii, an iPod, a computer, a DVD player and a CD player (we're old school like that). I have to admit that I love when my daughter plays with technology it keeps... read more