(Updated from 12-2012)
As a parent, I often find myself egregiously breaking the promises I made to myself back before I actually had little people who look like me living in my home.
For example, I swore that I would never let my kids succumb to the video game/electronics mania that, like a gluttonous snake, has slowly and methodically swallowed up our planet over the past two decades.
I should’ve known better than to swear.
As I’ve written about previously when describing the challenges of trying to teach my kids to avoid sugary foods, I’ve learned that American culture is more powerful than Dad. This Christmas (2012), Santa brought our two older kids computer tablets, due mainly to the fact that it appears a word processor and the Internet are now necessary for fifth- and sixth-graders to complete their homework. (Really. I’m not making that up.) But I decided I wouldn’t go down without a fight, so I drew up (lawyer speak) a contract for each kid to sign.
Feel free to steal this and modify it for your own hopelessly electronics-addicted family. Click the image to get a nice, large version.
(Update as of 12/22/14: Both iPads have been confiscated at various times due to a breech of contract since I first posted this in 2012. In fact, one iPad is behind lock and key as I type. Lesson? Keep a copy of this contract handy, because you’re going to need it.)