Kinda Cute. Kinda Sad.

June 3, 2011

{c-man's "screen time"}
One of the somewhat controversial aspects of Waldorf education is the strict no-screen time for young children.  We adhere to it most of the time (save for the occasional save-our-sanity weekend movie), and our children have pretty much never been on a computer (or asked to be, for that matter).  That's why B and I were especially amused when C-Man created these cardboard laptops the other day during quiet time.  They are modeled after B's laptop and his screen saver (which happens to be the middle photo here).
{screen saver}
{detail of keyboard...dude, how much time did it take to make all those keys?!}
{set-up on mama's desk}

16 comments:

  1. At what age will they be able to use a computer? I just think it is a vital aspect to modern day life. I try to practice what I preach for the most part and I am on my laptop quite often so when the kid asks I don't have a good reason why he can't... I pick what he does and monitor. I just know too many parents that are glued to laptops, iphones, t.v. and then have this stringent rule that their kids can't which seems odd to me. T.V. they can do without sure!

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  2. Hi Anonymous.....I agree it has most to do with what the child sees the parent doing. If mom is glued to her computer all day, how can you tell your child no? (Same for any other activity!) And I'm not saying that this is the right position for everyone. There are certainly compelling points on the other side such as: computers are here to stay so why not get kids used to them as soon as possible? But the school has provided lots of research to us parents that suggest/show that screen time (TV, computer, video games) is harmful to young children in spite of good, wholesome content. It can be very overstimulating and stressful to a child. Many people feel this has to do with the sharp rise in ADHD and sensory disorders. I don't know that we are making the right decision for our children (I second guess myself on all sorts of issues all the time!) but it feels right for us and I believe there is PLENTY of time for them to become proficient computer users. There's no way around that. ;-) I didn't mean to come off as preachy and I'm sorry if I did!

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  3. No- not preachy at all! I tend to be a fairly moderate to hippy and homeschool so I have a lot of friends who choose to remove media from the home. My husband works in the film industry here in l.a. so I am
    Always striving to find a balance. I just like to hear the input on either sides. Like a true libra I have a hard time swaying to one side which is why waldorf never worked for us! I hope i didn't come off as rude- inflection whilst texting is not
    Easy to convey!

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  4. the important thing is doing something that feels like the right thing for your family, and not just the "default".....which is obviously going to be different for every family!

    group hug! :-)

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  5. I love the title of this post! Hilarious! We don't watch television, but our 3 year old is all up on the computer and our iPhones. We don't even make any sense. Sigh. I think the way your doing things sounds great. Rock on, sister!

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  6. Oh god. You're. Not your.

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  7. I think you're doing a great job, everyone has he right to parent as best as they think and worry about their kids development. The fact that they're not using computers now doesn't mean they won't be able to use them later. Kids should be kids and experience the world not spend hours on a computer. Well done, friend! Kudos to you.

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  8. wow. so intricate. interesting that he'd have such a specific visual memory of something the kids don't actually play with. But, then again, the picture is of the kids, so he probably noticed the love implied in using the photo for screen-saver... pride of place, blah blah)

    I posted a photo of Jacky the other day, where he opened a cookbook and pretended it was his "laptop" -- woah. I was like "where did that come from??" we're a mostly no screen time fam too... aside from the odd sanity-saving iphone video (Elmo, if I'm uncomfortably honest! eeeek!).

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  9. I love the countertop- would you mind sharing the material and color?
    Thanks!

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  10. Yep. No TV but my girl, 4, asked for an IPhone for her birthday. What? Love these pictures! Jen

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  11. That's really cute! my girls also use 2 toy chopping boards as their laptop (usually with my old mouse) and my daughter drew herself an analog ipad with double-sided features like the buttons, on-off switch, volume control and camera! Sad and cute.... :)

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  12. and then there's us. my 21 month old can navigate her way around an ipad like it's nobody's business and asks for movies by name, as in "BARBIE!!!" yes, barbie. we are bad. very bad.

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  13. PS Charlie is super talented and i think has a future as an artist.

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  14. krista...at the rate i have been yelling at my kids lately, i would say barbie is no big deal in the bad-parenting category. ;-)

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  15. I apologize for letting C-Man play on my iPhone! I'm surprised you didn't kick me out there and then. :)

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  16. that is hilarious because when my kiddos were in waldorf, they would make the most detailed ipods and cell phones!! too cute

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