Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Technology

Sometimes I feel like the homescool outsider.  Many prominent homeschoolers have lots of children.  We have two.  Many prominent homeschoolers eat all organic, grind their own wheat, bake their own bread.  Although I love to bake, I do it when the mood strikes me, not to keep our bread-box supplied...we buy white bread *gasp*.  I've read lots of articles from homeschool parents listing all the hazards of computer-time, video games, and TV.  We love TV.  We own multiple computers, recently buying laptops for the boys.  And the boys have an X-Box.  We don't limit computer or video game time.  They boys are well-behaved and interesting.  When we want to go outside and play they are eager to do so and don't whine that they want to stay at their laptop or X-Box.  I must admit that we all are overweight.  I'm sure that a little less TV and a little more outside time would benefit all of us greatly, but we're working on it.

So I struggle.  I am hesitant to admit in certain circles how much TV we watch or what X-Box games the boys own.  During last year's Schoolhouse Expo I listened to Todd Wilson's presentation with rapt attention.  He said something like, "You are the mother God intended for the children you have."  That statement really impacted me.  Not to say that I don't have a LONG way to go in the parenting department.  But God put the boys in our home ON PURPOSE, as much for their learning as for ours.  And we are a technological family.  Daddy works in a computer-related position.  In the past I was a PC trainer, now working for TOS where everything I do is on my laptop.  We appreciate and understand the impact the internet has made on education.  And so I'm trying to embrace who we are and not feel as though I need to be something else for those around me who may not share the same lifestyle.  After all, I don't think, "Oh they're so natural.  They should spend some more time in front of the PC!"  Why would I assume that others are judging me and saying, "Look at how much time they spend with technology!  They should really change!"?

All that being said, when the boys were working on their final projects for the 4-H embroyology class, I decided it was time to learn MS Power Point.  These videos were the silly-ones they created when they learned the software.  They did much more serious presentations for the Embroyology class, but I thought these were fun.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAvVxiEUMaU&feature=player_profilepage[/youtube]

and T-Bone's:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIE_yrSRIH4&feature=player_profilepage[/youtube]

Our nephew has had to do a few Power Point presentations at his company, including one that detailed his 10-year plan for his future with the company.  Our 14 and 12 year old sons are well on their way to learning the technology needed to compete in a technology forward-world.  I am unashamed at their prowess and quick-learning.  Their PC skills are excellent for students their age.  As a family, we embrace technology.  That's who we are and how God made us.

12 comments:

  1. Don't feel bad, every family is different. It is hard to stay confident when everyone else wants to push their ways on everyone else. I totally know about the having two kids thing. We have two, but many of our friends have 4,5, 6, even 8 kids in their family, but that is not for us.
    Obviously you have a very technology-enabled family. That's okay. Is it good to step away from tv shows and video games at times? Sure, but it's part of your life. When our daughter was born I swore she would never watch tv/movies for a long, long time, but she was such an intense infant that Baby Einstein videos were the only thing that made her happy at a very young age (3 months)! Those videos were my sanity for a long time because they kept her quiet and entertained for a bit!

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  2. Tiffany,
    When our oldest was born, he was also "intense." My mom stopped in and I was in tears, I said, "He NEVER sleeps! And I'm exhausted." My mom picked up the baby, put him in his swing and turned on Barney. I said, "Isn't that bad for him? I mean, I wasn't going to have him watch TV?" My mom just turned me toward my bedroom and said, "He's quiet and content, no go lay down!" Too funny.
    Lori Lynn

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  3. We're a techie family too. We have 2 laptops and 2 desktops, 2 iPod touches, a Wii, and a Kindle.My husband wants a Roku player too because it streams better than the Wii. Everyone loves the computer except my 11 year old daughter and the baby (though I wonder about him!). I also don't bake my own bread (though I do bake, but not for sandwiches) or eat all organic, healthy stuff.

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  4. Kristen,
    Do you ever feel like you need to apologize for your lifestyle? I know it's my own insecurities, but I so often find myself in the middle of groups where I'm the oddball. It's nice to hear of a fellow-techie, though. We're in process of getting rid of the only desktop we have left and then we'll just all have laptops. Also, the iPod touch is on my "wish" list. I want one, but I also want an eReader, so I'll prob. get the eReader first and then start saving all over again for the iPod touch :)
    lll

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  5. Hi Lori Lynn,
    I didn't realize we had so much in common. We both knit, play piano, serve on our Worship team AND have the same blog design, LOL! We love our tech here as well - the children spend a lot of screen time but ALSO a lot of time outside, exploring the forest and caring for the chickens :)

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  6. Charron,

    We DO have a lot in common! Too bad we live so far apart!

    lll

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  7. We are a techie family, too. I feel guilty about it a lot, but my husband encourages them because he feels that computer knowledge is important for good jobs in the future. So I just strive for a balance of computer time and outside time. :)

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  8. I know this sounds terrible, but I'm so glad you can relate! :) But let's choose NOT to feel guilty going forward. Let's choose to be who God calls us to be and make no excuses! love, Lori Lynn

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  9. Just saw this. Yes, I do. Not so much that we love technology, but that we have so much of it. My in-laws are old and don't care anything about computers, etc. I think it bothers them that we have so much and they worry that we won't be able to afford to eat. But they don't know that my husband is techno bargain hunter extraordinaire!

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  10. I'm just now seeing this because a ton of your posts came through my Google reader all of a sudden. Anyway, I wanted to pop over and say that our families are very much alike. We should get together more. :)

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  11. Yeah Heidi, in all that spare time we have :) It's nice to find kindred spirits, though, isn't it?

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