Day two. Post an awesome sleep-away camp adventure. And, along with my two-shades-browner, one-inch-taller son, I find myself once again disturbed by familiar unwanted guests in the house, albeit of the virtual nature.
Two days ago we made the hike up to New Hampshire’s breathtaking white mountains to pick up my fourteen-year-old, Jake, and already I am yelling at him to turn off his video game. I know many of you have been wrestling with those oddly realistic animated sports stars and beckoning monsters for weeks now (weeks = eternity), and are desperately seeking some kind of remedy to get your kids off the screen, outside and on the move. If only there was a Vitamin O (“Keep in reach of children”) that would mentally orient our kids O-ffline and O-ut the door.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average kid, ages 8-18, spends more than seven hours a day looking at screen media. Yikes! Of course, I am no Luddite, but for summer, the only screen kids should really use is sunscreen.