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Ask DSM Readers: Boundaries and Balance with Computers and More

Posted By Tara Kuczykowski On October 27, 2008 @ 3:54 pm In living on less | 22 Comments

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I recently talked about how computers have affected my childrens' lives. I believe they've had a positive impact on my kids thus far, but Melody made an important point about some of the negative aspects she's seen. She mentioned that her daughter wants to spend all of her time on the computer, so I wanted to share how we are attempting to steer our children away from this even at an early age.

I feel that it's important that we as parents be vigilant about teaching our children about balance in all areas of their lives. For example, my children do not get any TV, computer, or video game time until their homework is done, and we make a point of taking them outside to play whenever possible. As they get older, their computer time will be monitored closely and limited accordingly. If we set a good example now, it will be that much easier to keep them on track as they get older. And if your children are already older, well, it's never too late to lay down some rules.

How do your teach your children to maintain balance in their lives? Do you have rules around computer usage?

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