I got an idea from a friend yesterday on Facebook. She’s actually a friend in real life too – amazing but true, I know. Anyway, she had posted a photo of a paper someone had put out for their kids.
Simply said, I LOVE THIS!!!!
Let me be honest here. I love technology. At work, I’m one of the geeks. If my office door is open, I will frequently have people coming into my office asking for help with some computer issue or another. I have fun with it, and am really glad they feel comfortable asking. So I can be totally understanding when it comes to my kids wanting to use the computer and being online. It’s fun after all!
Lately I was thinking that I wanted to monitor things a little better for my kiddos. I mean, I am their mom. It’s their dad’s and my job to make sure that they grow up to be well balanced human beings that contribute well to society. In light of that, I just thought that unlimited access to the internet at all times is probably not a good idea. I contemplated shutting off the router at night, but that would affect me too, and I’ll be honest, sometimes I would have to work late, so that option wasn’t very viable. But what to do?
Fast forward to yesterday. I think this idea may make a huge difference in our household. At this point, I’m planning to have a list of chores that they will need to do for that day. They most likely will change from day to day, but will always include having their homework done! I suspect we will get a little push-back from them, but the fact is, I’m the mom. Period. End of story. We are truly not doing this to be mean, we just want what’s best for our kids. I know they’re not going to think this is cool, and perhaps we will be hated a while for it. Time will tell.
Oh, and for the record? I changed the master password that’s printed on the back of the router so they can’t go in there and make changes on their own. Yup. I’m the mom.