Parenting is hard sometimes in this day and age and it makes me sad. Sometimes I doubt myself for sure. I am told often by my kids that we are the only family that doesn't allow this or that. Now I know this isn't true, and I try hard to be fair about rules but I have to trust my maternal instincts also, and insist on the standards I feel comfortable with in my house. But I get weary sometimes of all of it. It's so much easier just to say yes, go ahead, rot your brain out and stop bothering me. I want my kids to be readers, I want them to be smart, I want them to not grow up staring at a darn screen their whole lives. I miss the days when us kids had a few choices:
1. Go outside and play-with or without friends.
2. Stay inside and play.
3. Read a book.
Thanks again for all your suggestions! We have a stack awaiting us at the library.