I am amazed every time I say “no” to screens. The kids come up with something to do. They get an hour of screen time every day. And even that almost sickens me when I do the math. If they spent 365 hours a year doing anything skill building, they’d almost be a master. Screens have nothing to show for the time spent.
Anyway, earlier today when I said “no – you’ve had your screen time,” the boys proceeded to find a plastic pipe about 12 feet long and drop all kinds of things through it. It’s physics, it’s psychology, it’s cause and effect.
The Battle of the Crater
A couple of months ago, my mother and I taught my seven year old about the Battle of the Crater. It was a Civil War battle that was fought on my ancestors’ land in Virginia. It’s a great story. My great great grandfather, Jesse Bignal Payne, was only 11 years old when General Beauregard’s men came and told the family they had to leave because a battle was about to ensue on their property. The family took sacks of peas and headed to Colorado. The tactic of blowing a huge crater backfired on the Union and they lost the battle miserably. You can still see the crater today.
I was just washing dishes after having told the boys “no” to screens. It takes will power, you know? They got out their beyblades, which are basically tops on speed that battle one another. From the other room I hear the yelling – “Battle of the Crater! Battle of the Crater!” They were battling the tops in a trash can lid.
Happy happy moments of homeschool mothering. I know I’ve done something right, wait, several things right, when my children are playing Battle of the Crater.
As an aside, one of my Waldorf method homeschool friend moms told me recently that about a year ago she nixed screens altogether. In about a week she never heard the “may I play or watch” this or that again. Kids will find something to do. And if it doesn’t involve a screen, it most likely is enriching their lives.