TURNED OFF THE ROUTER
Yep, no internet. From about 2 p.m. until about 8 p.m. none of us were surfing, chatting, FBing, or you-tubing. Instead one went to the gym, one was reading and baking, one was working on models in the basement and one was fuming while doing non-internet-required homework. (We carefully asked that question before we made the big decision).
You see, the two adults in this household have discovered an uncanny ability to go heads-down with a computer with internet connection for hours...and to wake up with the entire day spent and not much accomplished. So we decided that in order to prepare for the work/school week, and to (hopefully) foster family time, we will do this each Sunday for a while so we can wean ALL of us of our addiction. Shamefully, I wish I could say this was only a teen problem in our house, but it isn't. It is just too easy to click 'one more thing'...
We will, of course, make exceptions if there is a school/work need that pops up. However, if you live in a country where you KNOW the electricity is going to be OFF for a certain time period each day, don't you figure out to do everything that requires electricity at some other time?
This is an evolving project...stay tuned...but don't read our child's Facebook page. Said child is really irked. LOL.
So, if any of you out there have more suggestions on how to make our teens miserable, let me know. They may get used to this and then we'll have to up the ante.
Of course, I did have a dream last night about someone running away from home. I think it was me.