We're trying to find the right balance for him, because he would watch episodes on youtube and play on the PBS kids website all day long if we let him (we don't). I can't speak for other kids, but too much screen time for M is as bad as crappy food. He starts melting down over little things, fights with his brother more, and just like potato chips, one episode or one game is never enough.
After some spectacularly whiny days last week, we pulled the plug. For the past three days, the boys have had no screen time: no computer, no movies, no cartoons, no iPad, no online games. It has been wonderful. They are playing together more, reading more, drawing more, riding bikes more, using their imaginations more. It was hard to see what a distraction and a draw the computer was until it was out of the picture. In theory and in practice, I see no problem with limited games and movies. Our problem is the limiting. Once the computer is on, nobody wants to do anything else. I was surprised how easy it was once the computer was taken out of the equation. They never even really complained.
It's not out forever. Whim and I love movies too much for that. Our plan is to start turning it on again in a few days or so, but only in small, regulated doses. Hopefully these past few days have opened their eyes enough to the unplugged world that they won't be too easily ensnared when we start allowing it again.
Anyway, all that to say.... Mi has wanted a creature power suit ever since he started watching the show a few months ago. I figured if we were going to deny him his beloved Wild Kratts, the least I could do is make him the vests so he and L could dress up as Martin and Chris. Excuse the blatant bragging, but I'm not really a crafty person, so I am so proud of these!
|Awesome, right? I am so proud of myself.|
|Let me help you with that, Martin!|
|Activate Creature Powers!|
|Sorry for the huge close up of a toy gun. We aren't really gun people, please no hatred.|