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#147337 - 09/04/08 02:48 AM Re: Long-Term Preparedness [Re: jenkinma]
BobS Offline
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Registered: 02/08/08
Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
I donít see anything wrong with kids using electronic toys. We all live a different life then people did even 25-years ago. I will bet everyone here has a cell phone, 25-years ago only the super rich had them. My grandmother use to say she would never have one of those newfangled things in her kitchen (the microwave.) real cooks use a range and an oven.

Times change.

While my son and I enjoy doing a lot of non-electronic things, we also enjoy the electronics. We all do. Before you say you donít look at what you are doing while typing that denial. Itís not a typewriter you are using, or even worst a pen and paper & a postoffice.

I think while itís good to have a mix of electronic and non electronic things to do for kids, electronics are a large part of our lives, and if your kids are thrown into an unfamiliar situation the electronic game can be comforting and familiar to a kid. This can mean the world to the parentís sanity. Itís a good idea to come up with a way to power your electronics when power is in short supply.

Edited by BobS (09/04/08 02:50 AM)

You can run, but you'll only die tired.

#147358 - 09/04/08 10:59 AM Re: Long-Term Preparedness [Re: Hghvlocity]
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Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 478
Loc: Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: Hghvlocity
Been there. During the last ice storm I was out for a week. We had portable dvd players for both kids that we would watch during the evening and I would take to work and charge or charge at relatives. My daughter had a Nintendo DS, also rechargeable and my son had an earlier version. We played board games, card games and read books. I also had a small b/w battery tv, so my daughter didn't go into shock from no electronics. I actually enjoyed the whole family huddled around a 9" b/w picture with the fire roaring, hot cocoa from the coleman stove.

We had a roughly similar experience after the ice storm. Our portable DVD player would just barely squeak out one movie on a charge so that was usually the last thing we did before bed in the evenings. Our kids love all their electronic gadgets but we also have a double size closet that is full of nothing but games and arts/crafts. That closet got a pretty thorough workout during that week. I even got a chance to read to the kids which was something we hadn't done much of in a while. Honestly it was just a camp out in the living room.
"There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother." -Theodore Roosevelt

#147375 - 09/04/08 02:23 PM Re: Long-Term Preparedness [Re: Todd W]
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
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My kids were kids before laptops, PDQ's (or thatever those thingies are called), etc. It was TV or nothing. But they apparently got some of my genes, they both loved to read, and we always had a lot of reading material around. A few board and card games rounded it out...

#147378 - 09/04/08 03:06 PM Re: Long-Term Preparedness [Re: OldBaldGuy]
BobS Offline
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Posts: 924
Loc: Toledo Ohio
I love to read, my son loves to have books but I never see him reading much.

You can run, but you'll only die tired.

#147381 - 09/04/08 03:29 PM Re: Long-Term Preparedness [Re: BobS]
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Registered: 04/29/08
Posts: 285
Loc: Israel
Whenever you rest, someone, somewhere is training to kick your ass.


#153941 - 11/01/08 08:06 PM Re: SPAM [Re: jenkinma]
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