Hi! My wife Lisa and I have a 12 year old boy named Jackson and a 9 year old girl named Lauren. Jackson's a sweet kid who loves math and science and is already way beyond me when it comes to computers. Lauren may seem shy, but ask her about animals, especially West Highland White Terriers, and she'll talk your fluffy little ears off!
Friday night is our family "Star Trek and pizza night," and we like to go for hikes and bike rides. On weekends I play ice-hockey with other old, slow guys, and I'm eager to take the kids to a Kings or Ducks game soon! Lisa and I are also the owners of 2 self-serve frozen yogurt stores, so we like to support other small business owners!
It kinda-sorta sounded like a good idea. We tried to go all day Sunday without any computers, ipods or other similar electronics.
8:00am The kids cover everything electric, including light switches, the microwave and the refrigerator with "violation" notices. We like that they were get into the spirit of the thing, but explain that we weren't becoming Amish, growing beards or putting on bonnets.
10:00 Jackson and I wash the cars. No electronics needed. Then I caught him reading a book!
1:00 Lauren and I went ice skating. Everybody happy so far, and the world hasn't ended.
6:30 After dinner. the complaining starts. "I'm bored. This is dumb."
8:00 The screaming begins. "You're ruining my life! My friends now think you're weird! Are you happy now?"
8:30 Screaming at full-throttle. Lisa is the first to cave. "Should we let her watch her iPod before bed?"
8:45 I cave. The screaming ends. Life returns to normal.
Okay, so we didn't make it, but I think we all learned a valuable lesson that day. That Lisa and I have no backbone!