I posted about this is the Childhood section too, but I'm wondering if I can get some ideas from parents of other gifted kids too. My 7yo and 4.5yo boys are very bright, creative, interesting kids who used to be interested in everything. But, during my last pregnancy I was beyond exhausted and let them get into a bad habit of watching too much tv. Then my 7yo discovered that there are all kinds of mind-numbing games online (thanks to his computer "class" at school!. So then they've been playing those. And then we got a Wii (DH approved it - I really didn't think we needed ANOTHER way to waste time). So now, this is all they want to do. The new baby is almost 3weeks old and I'm feeling more like myself. I no longer need to snooze half the day away and would like to get back to normal, where we might watch a show or play a game on the computer here and there, but not ALL. THE. TIME. They seriously don't want to do anything else. It's finally summer here and they don't want to play outside! I used to say that my boys would live outside if I let them, but now they just want to sit inside in front of a screen. I'm so sad! DS1 actually asked to go to the library yesterday - something he used to want to do all the time - but then got mad when we got home and I said it was too late to play on the computer (it was time for me to make dinner and I can't do that and supervise the computer at the same time). And when I say got mad, I mean a full blown toddler tantrum. Ugh. I just don't know what to do. I would love to just unplug everything for a month, but I don't know if that's the best way to deal with it. I just want my intelligent, interesting boys back. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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6/6/09 at 12:39am