Ah, managing the beast……
No, I am not talking about my huge dog who is now learning to pull a cart, LOL! I am talking about this wonderful tool, this wonderful place to connect and get information, but that which has the potential to be addicting in a way: our friend the computer! It’s funny, but I don’t really know anyone my age or younger that has an issue managing watching television, but almost everyone I know has a harder time managing the computer.
I asked some questions in the past about computer usage here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/06/08/a-vacation-away-from-the-computer/
It is so easy to turn on the computer and get sucked in for hours more than you intended, isn’t it? All those beautiful Waldorf blogs and all those rabbit trails! All those things we MIGHT need for future homeschooling grades that we should be storing in files! And the thing is, when we are on the computer, I think our children can really feel our life forces just being whisked away from them. If we are on the computer at night, we are not meditating, praying, reading, or most importantly, giving our husband the attention he deserves.
So, during these forty days of renewal between Easter and Ascension, how about experimenting with some rules of usage for yourself in relation to the computer?
- You could plan only certain days of the week to be on the computer
- You could plan to only check it at a certain time of the day.
- You could plan to cut back and scale back to a few very essential blogs/yahoo groups plus your email to check daily.
- You could set a timer for when you are on the computer and get off when the timer goes off.
In this forty days of renewal, I would love to hear how all of you are managing your computer time these days.