Originally Posted by Teenytoona
They do not know what to do with themselves when we go camping. Sigh. We are working on it. They've got a strong tie to their "digital IV" and DH also has such an issue (he seems to need to watch some tv to come down at night). We've come a LOONG way from having to watch a movie every.time.we.ate. So that's progress. But IMO it's still on too much. We're working on it.
The book (The Plug-in Drug) I provided the link for discusses these kinds of issues and also offers suggestions. I read it when dd was a baby and it really made me realize that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to these kinds of things.
We have an inside joke with dd... if she comes to me to say, "I'm bored, can I watch TV", my reply is, "Go find a stick." A couple of years ago, when we were camping, dd occupied herself and had fun one evening at the campsite with nothing more than a stick. She spent almost 2 hours just playing with a stick (no hitting or poking, just drawing in the soil and play acting with it). I pointed out to her that with a good imagination, even a simple stick can provide hours of entertainment. It really clicked with her. We don't usually have a problem with her occupying herself without electronic media, but when she bugs us about it, we talk about "the stick". I wouldn't have thought to point that out to her if I hadn't read the above-mentioned book. It's really a good read.