|Teddy is his favorite class, |
Ecomnomics with Mr. Lud
I think the biggest problem is trying to find a healthy balance. But what is that? As a child I had one computer in our school library that I got to sign up for once a month (yes, I am dating myself). My kids roll their eyes when I talked about those ancient days but it was not something my parents ever had to worry about. No monitoring of cell phones, computer time, or even TV was necessary back then. The technology in their lives never rests and taunts them with continuous updates to keep them even more tech-connected. My kids just installed fliptoast on my computer so we can get status updates from Facebook right on our desktop erasing even the slightest inconvenience of logging in. What’s next? In their world the “next” is only days away.
And admittedly, there are times I appreciate the convenience of technology for my family. After school texts from the older three clue me in to what they are doing for after school activities and when they need a ride. Big time saver and mind-easer for mom.
|Treasured time on the trails.|
Lately I’ve noticed two of my daughters find their zen time in their musical instruments. Similar to my time on a yoga mat; they can become lost either on the piano (Kiki- 14) or strumming a guitar (Grace -12). This is literally magic to my musically untrained ears. Last week I took some video of both of them playing. Because I was there, camera in hand, it erased the emotion of music that I hear when I’m listening behind their closed doors. That’s when they really allow themselves to get lost in what they love……unplugged.