This may or may not have been the first time, but I know for sure that it won’t be the last.

Last night my daughter had a friend spend the night, and for most of the evening they spent time on laptops (the friend brought her own) playing an interactive game.  But as it was a weeknight and Kent had to work this morning, they had to be off computers (we don’t allow computers in bedrooms) and in Morgan’s room at 10:30pm.

I’m going to say up front that Kent and I are pretty overprotective regarding electronics and media with our girls.  The family laptop is in a public area and even when the day comes that they get their own, those too will stay in public areas.  There are no televisions in bedrooms.  Morgan’s friends are all starting to get cell phones, and not just cell phones.. SMART PHONES!  Unrestricted internet access wherever they are.  We haven’t caved to the cell phone yet.

BUT, even with all of this I am completely aware that my kids leave the house, go to friends’ houses and are not always under my sphere of protection.  They’re also kids.  Kids who are testing boundaries, trying out dishonesty and sneakiness and sometimes making wrong choices.

Morgan has recently gotten off of a long, internet related grounding and as an extra precaution last night, Kent unplugged the wireless modem that runs the internet and cable for the house.  We thought we were pretty smart.

Until this morning when I took the girls out for donuts and Morgan turned to me and said, “So, you unplugged the modem last night?”


2 thoughts on “Outsmarted

  1. Ugh…. this story makes me chuckle but more than that, makes me terrified. I have friends whose children have ipads… at 4!!!!! I cannot imagines the battles I will be fighting when my kids are tweens and teens. I feel like I now know how my parents must have felt when I was growing up. There are so many more places to find danger than there were 20-25 years ago. So all that testing and dishonesty, which is normal and inevitable, can have such scary consequences.

    Glad to hear about your media restrictions. I sometimes feel bad that I don’t have an iphone or ipad for my kids to play with like many of my friends. Lola and Jackson don’t have toy computers or leap pads or anything electronic. We try to stick to paint and crayons 😉 It makes me feel like there’s still hope when I hear about older kids that don’t have tvs and cell phones!

    • LOL! I hear about how deprived Morgan is (from her) regularly about the phone, lack of her own laptop, etc but we’re sticking to our guns on it! 😉
      It’s SO hard to remember sometimes that all of the testing is normal and for me to stop myself from over-analyzing my parenting and her motives and all of that. Parenting is so hard!! 😉

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