Don't Leave Home Without Them?
By Violet_Chase on August 17, 2014
Tomorrow we leave for our weeklong beach vacation. As I pack, I meticulously check off each item on the list I created 2 weeks ago. If it weren’t for the list, I would definitely forget the tweezers that may be needed in case of a splinter or the anti-itch cream that will only be needed if I forget to pack it.
Under the “Entertainment” section, I’ve checked off movies, mini-DVD player, playing cards, family games, books, etc. What I have failed to list is the preferred entertainment for the 3 boys in this household. The machines tenderly swaddled in plastic, shatter-proof outfits like digital newborns. The ones that will require early-onset Botox to fix indented glabellas. The ones whose names begin with a lower-case “i.”
Should I let them bring their devices? Or should I stand firm and try to execute my fantasy beach vacation; the one where we are all playing games at night, eating popcorn and actually speaking to each other? Hmmmm…. This thought process requires some further deliberation so I turn to the first person I think of for advice.
“Siri, should I let my boys bring their electronics on vacation?”
She replies, “I’m sorry, Violet, I’m afraid I don’t know what you should do.”
What? She usually AT LEAST offers to check the web for me.
My next step would be to consult with the family Magic 8 Ball but my husband hid it from me since he thinks it’s a form of witchcraft. I can’t bear to go online to the slew of parenting websites because I know what the moral solution is: unplug for the week (which kind of puts a damper on the Breaking Bad marathon my husband and I intend to have). What to do….what to do…
I also decided to use the following guidelines:
- Power down and collect electronics at bedtime to avoid late night shenanigans (does not apply to parents)
- All boys must be dressed with teeth brushed before electronics are re-distributed (does not apply to parents)
- No electronics outside or in the car (does not apply to parents)
- If I have to say "Get Your Shoes On" more than twice, gaming privileges are lost for 24 hours (also applies to husband)
Let the good times roll!