We grounded Miss E from her devices this week – her iPod, and the iPad that became hers when Mama upgraded. The first day, she shrugged it off, read a book, said she didn’t care. The second day, she carried her camera all around the house – sitting in nooks and crannies to watch the video she had recorded with a friend. The third day, she asked to borrow my phone.
“For what?” I asked.
“To play a game,” she replied.
“No. Sorry. You’re grounded from your devices.”
“But that’s not mine!”
“I know, but it doesn’t make much sense to ground you from all your devices and then give you my phone to play games. Does it?” I’m almost ten years into this parenting gig, and I still haven’t stopped asking questions when my goal is to provide structure and discipline.
“Well, I’m basically playing games with my camera.”
“Well, this is where I’m drawing the line.”
She put her boots on and followed me to the car.
I may be onto something here.