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(Slate)   "We've been lax with our 9 and 6-year-old kids ever since schools shut down in March. There was a little bit of learning. Then when summer hit, everything got way looser. Later bedtime, more screentime. How do we go back to being disciplinarians?"   (slate.com) divider line
    More: Awkward, Want, Anxiety, Need, Bottle It Up, much screen time, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, new school year, 6-year-old kids  
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2020-08-07 7:54:01 AM  
You don't. Better to release them in to the wild now before they can find their way back.
 
2020-08-07 9:10:23 AM  
My 4/5 y/o nieces both have tablets.  They call them tv's, I call them babysitters.
 
2020-08-07 9:11:07 AM  
It's called being an adult and being a parent.

Start being extremely physically active starting around 10.  Then have them run and play in the sun in the afternoon while you watch (in the sprinklers).  Then have dinner around 6 with a high sugar dessert.   Watch some TV together as a family, something funny, then something really boring for them (romantic comedy).  They fall asleep at 9.  Let them sleep on the couch.   Wake them up, at 6am, because "that's when parents wake up" (lol kids believe anything) and they are on the couch.   Wake them up with news.  Traffic, weather, inane banter. When they get cereal, or their own breakfast for themselves, THEN and only then can they watch cartoons or YouTube.

Rinse and repeat until they are back on a schedule and sleeping in their bed, waking up and making their own breakfast for themselves.
 
2020-08-07 9:16:40 AM  
I guess the same way parents did it before the pandemic.
 
2020-08-07 9:35:44 AM  
Before all the kids went to day care all summer, re instituting discipline when school starts was an annual occurrence.

The real question I have from the article is, WTH is cookie butter?   And the second question, how do I get it delivered to my house?

/I sound fat
 
2020-08-07 9:41:07 AM  
My middle child had her annual wellness visit/physical yesterday.  As they have for years, they asked about screen time, and I actually laughed.  "Are you kidding?  Right now?  I've given up."  The nurse said that was basically the most common answer the last few months.  My kids finished all their summer packets from school, finished their summer reading, and it's not like we can go anywhere, so I'm letting it slide for a now.
 
2020-08-07 9:42:33 AM  
Beat the daylights out of them.

Damn y'all, this is Fark and an advice column in Slate.  Do I have to do everything around here?
 
2020-08-07 9:56:57 AM  

cherryl taggart: Beat the daylights out of them.

Damn y'all, this is Fark and an advice column in Slate.  Do I have to do everything around here?



I think your 'Beat the daylights out of them' should join 'butt stuff' and 'fark her dad' in the standard answers for these advice columns.
 
2020-08-07 10:24:03 AM  
My daughter had a tablet. She also gets Kiwi crates for activities and did swim lessons before the pandemic turned Georgia into a shiatshow. She also likes to cook. Engage your damn kids with activities that nurture, and the addiction to devices will weaken.
 
2020-08-07 10:34:31 AM  
All kids are different from what I have observed.  Some can handle loads of screen without losing their farking minds and some the direct opposite.  My done can handle no screen time just fine - don't get me wrong, he loves screen time like any kid but too much and there is a noticeable difference.

Basically, you have to monitor it and do what is best for your kid.  For *any* kid, I would have an IXL account or similar *at least* on standby but preferably as supplementary.  Have them do so much work a day along with any chores, reading and anything else you have tasked them with.  Personally, for my 10-year old, he does a bit of IXL every day (masters at least one section), chores, memorizes at least one periodic table element and reviews the ones he knows.  There's also a little screen time.

Oh yeah, get them going on Scratch.  It's kind of screen time with actual learning.  I've actually had to limit *that*.
 
2020-08-07 11:10:57 AM  
Ball gags and riding crops.
 
2020-08-07 12:08:19 PM  
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2020-08-07 12:16:02 PM  
In the great Fark tradition, I didn't bother to RTFA because I don't need the details of you being an idiot that doesn't know "how to be a parent" after raising kids for nine years. FFS, after nine years you don't know how to manage this? Just relinquish custody to the state or turn them loose in the forest, they will end up better than in your care!
 
2020-08-07 12:21:16 PM  

cherryl taggart: Beat the daylights out of them.

Damn y'all, this is Fark and an advice column in Slate.  Do I have to do everything around here?


This would be my advice. Also lock them in the basement as often as possible.
 
2020-08-07 12:27:04 PM  

tdyak: It's called being an adult and being a parent.

Start being extremely physically active starting around 10.  Then have them run and play in the sun in the afternoon while you watch (in the sprinklers).  Then have dinner around 6 with a high sugar dessert.   Watch some TV together as a family, something funny, then something really boring for them (romantic comedy).  They fall asleep at 9.  Let them sleep on the couch.   Wake them up, at 6am, because "that's when parents wake up" (lol kids believe anything) and they are on the couch.   Wake them up with news.  Traffic, weather, inane banter. When they get cereal, or their own breakfast for themselves, THEN and only then can they watch cartoons or YouTube.

Rinse and repeat until they are back on a schedule and sleeping in their bed, waking up and making their own breakfast for themselves.


lol okay
 
2020-08-08 6:00:28 AM  
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