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Screen Time

There are so many electronics today that children spend an inordinate amount of screen time playing video games, watching YouTube or shows on social media.  The days of playing outside have almost but disappeared except for organized sports. Of course, the world has changed so kids don’t get together and play dodgeball, baseball, tag, hide and seek, and any other games that were played outdoors.  Children do play basketball if there is a hoop and sometimes street hockey but not too frequently.  The amount of screen time a child is on their phone, tablet or computer is astronomical. There are studies that claim that they may be better in analytical skills.  I not sure if that is true.  The screen time is so much that children are becoming addicted.  They may even get upset if they cannot be on their electronics.  Parents really need to start to have their children do chores, help with the dishes, laundry, and even learn real cooking not just taking an item from the freezer and using the microwave. There was a cooking show on the Food Network with a woman, Sandra Lee, who showed people how to make semihomemade meals. It was an excellent idea for people who never learned how to cook.  I learned to cook with my grandparents.  I make the best Irish Bread that has even been listed in the ‘Irish Post.’ My family knows how to cook from scratch.  If you learn from the beginning, you will stay away from fast foods and frozen entree’s because your own cooking will taste so much better. When we were young we were limited to TV time.  Now parents use it as a babysitter.  If they are too busy, on their phones, or? the iPad, phone, computer, or tablet solves their problems.  They literally don’t have to be involved.  They just check them now and again to make sure they are okay.  Families should reinvest in board games and children’s card games.  It is a wonderful way to spend time together and keep everyone off all electronics, don’t you agree? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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