klrusconi

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  • in reply to: Help! computer and ipad are destroying my kids #79358
    klrusconi
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    Oh my gosh! I feel the pain on this! I have spoken with school officials also and have had no luck. Our kids are part of a social experiment. My son is 16 and I can’t tell him to do anything anymore. We used to program the router to only allow a certain amount of time for the internet but he figured out the password. We have bribed gaming time for grades which kind of worked for the grades but created tons of resentment. Now, he has been given total responsibility for his gaming and grades. I’m scared but he has to get some control. No one is going to be nagging him in college. I hope it all turns out ok. Good luck everyone!

    in reply to: No Passion No Energy No Care #69375
    klrusconi
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    I have an almost 16 year old boy and I think it’s a little bit of what everyone said and would add that our son appears to be in some kind of incubation period. He’s growing fast, changing by the week. Remember when they were babies and we were told that they’d get crabby during developmental spurts? I think that is happening now.
    Behaviorally, our son is just like y’all’s. My new mantra in choosing what battles I fight, and they’re only a few now, is do I want to have a long term relationship with my son? If so, I personally don’t think constant arguing will get me there. We’ve already tried that. Also, if he seems happy, and sometimes I do wonder, isn’t that enough? There are so many intense kids out there, I’m wondering if something won’t give with them at some point because so much is expected of them. Being a kid is still important. I do confess however, probably because I’m an older parent, that I worry about too much screen time, especially now that they’re using ipads at school. Don’t get me started there…

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