When I was a kid I (i) never had money at school; (ii) had three channels to choose from and no other screen time other than those three crappy TV channels. Today, my children each have a “swipe card” they can use at the school cafeteria and choice between 75 TV channels, 3 laptops and 5 itouch/ipad devices in our house.
Today, my 9 year old asked, very sincerely, to have her school swipe card taken away because she couldn’t help buying things when her friends did. My initial response was no – she had to learn to control her use and by taking it away she would not learn to discipline herself. She asked if whether, when I was little, I bought things every day at the cafeteria. Well, I didn’t — because I never had an option to, having no money and a cafeteria open only on Fridays. It made me think — could I have held up to the temptation of have what is, in essence, a credit card in my pocket every day when I was 9? Probably not.
I do wonder if, by giving our kids access to so much, are we setting up impossible or unrealistic temptations.