Saturday, January 4, 2014

Technology is evil!

Overall, great advances have been made in technology and some of those advances are quite beneficial,  even life-saving.  However, the instant easy access that every one - young and old - have to constant interaction, the Internet, etc. is scary.  Often it reminds me of the movie Wall-E in which people just float around on their electronic scooters attached to their phones, tablets, whatever it may be. No interaction other then of the virtual type.
The next thing you know, people are going to be seriously hiring another person to lead them around so that they don't have to look up from their phones.

I watch my own family, and see how easily we can be swept up into the virtual world. Given the chance, my boys would stay on the computer or video games all day...only surfacing for meals and bathroom breaks. I know that can't be healthy for their growing brains! One study I read suggested that extended periods of video games can even cause symptoms of psychosis in children/adolescents. Yikes.

We made the mistake of getting a smartphone for our oldest son. Now we have to figure out how to go back on it without being totally mean parents. Or maybe that's just what we need to be. I guess the first children are for learning on, and learning from mistakes. Oops.

There are so many scary stories in the media of children and youth being bullied, sharing inappropriate pictures, bullying others, or sharing personal details with random strangers who sometimes are child predators. I just didn't have that sort of issue to deal with when I was a kid. The home had one shared family computer. Nothing else connected to the Internet. And the Internet we did have was dial-up. If too many people in our town were on the Internet at the same time, then we'd get a busy signal and have to wait awhile. It was first come-first serve. I found chat rooms and "IM" (instant messaging) when I was a teenager. I remember how addicting they were. My dad once threatened to throw the computer out of the window.  I now know how he feels. I want to throw the cell phones, the ipods, the xboxes, and the computers out of the window at times as well.

The future scares me. I hope that all this technology is just like a shiny new toy and we'll figure things out soon, such as limits, boundaries, and moderation. However, I don't think that is likely to happen. Instead of things getting better with more technology, they seem to be getting worse.

In closing, take it from my first-hand experience, kids have enough to deal with. The world of technology is often outside of their maturity level. Let them be young and innocent for as long as they can. They really won't suffer if they don't get the latest smartphone. I never had a cell phone until I was a young adult. I didn't miss it. I wrote notes to my friends and called them on the house phone. I survived.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year and a Happy Birthday too!


Happy 2014! Last year wasn't too bad, but I'm hoping for even more good things to come in this new year.
To start with, we'll be welcoming our new baby to the Bunch in April. We decided not to find out the gender. So that will be an exciting surprise to look forward to!
Half of the family thinks baby will be another boy, but a few of us think girl as well (myself included!)
We shall see!!

No other super excited updates to post. However, every time I come to my blog and see how many wonderful visits I get on average each day - it makes me feel so guilty for not posting more!
SO...faithful visitors...what do YOU want to see on this blog? How can I make it better (with the number one choice being posting more obviously)?

Classes are starting back up again for me in a few days, however it will be my last quarter before the new baby comes. Then I will get a break until the Fall quarter. Yay!!

Some possible new posts to look forward to in the new year, however, includes another attempt at trying to change the way we eat. Specifically I'm looking at the Feingold diet to help with ADHD-like behaviors. I'm being more and more suspicious that many of my boys are just sensitive to artificial dyes and certain foods. We are an allergy-prone family after all.
Also, I'm in an organization kick and hope to post some ideas I've found that works for me and my Bunch as well as before and after pictures.
THEN after April, I will start working on getting into shape and losing weight again. Yahoo!
Oh, of course there is the ever-losing battle of getting my family whipped into a routine and working on behavior. I'd love to post more about that - what works, what doesn't work, and maybe even bounce some ideas off you all.
Of course, photos are always appreciated I'm sure. So I hope to post more photo updates here. I've not been good at even taking pictures lately! that's out of the way. Let's move on to the BIRTHDAY GIRL!!

Little Miss Abigail is TWO! Two years have gone by. I don't know how that's even possible.

Here is a fun little collage I made of her first two years...

And now.. TODAY starting her Terrific Two's! She's two sweet to be in her terrible two's. I refuse to call them that. :)

Until next time!