i struggle with this a LOT!!
it's even harder for me because we live in a town of about 150, many of whom are much older and staunch republicans. there are exactly 6 kids in out town and only 1 who is ds's age. she comes from a very traditionally disciplined family and it just breaks my heart.
there is one neighboring town of about 500 and other than that it's almost 2 hours to the next big town. i love the quiet, and the small town thing, folks are "neighborly", and we share things with each other because who'd want to go all the way to reno to get a plumbing piece?, and everyone in town knows my children by name and the local cop will always stop to talk to us and ask us if we need water when we're out walking.
i guess i'm bringing this up because for me the computer is my _only_ way to connect with people that have the same sort of ideals and values regarding children as i do. it's really my only way to be exposed to new ideas about things (food, nutrition, gd, waldorfy stuff). when i cut down on computer time i start to feel really isolated.
BUT when i tune out in front of it i'm totally not present with my children. and that doesn't serve us either.
it's a really hard balance. i think turning it off is HUGE! our wireless was down for a week and my house was clean and my children were happy and we did projects left and right.... it's hard if the temptation is always there.
of course, i did miss several good co-op deals but my dh would debate me about that being a bad thing
i'll be watching for tips too!