I wonder if our family is an anomaly. Saturday was a cold, grey, rainy day in Auckland. After coming home from a pump class, I thought I'd do a bit of work in my office on an upcoming presentation. After half an hour, feeling guilty, I logged off. I grabbed a book and decided to go into the living room where my husband and kids were, as well as the TV blaring with Southpark.
The only ones that paid attention to me were Bella and Gremlin (the photo)
Four of our six children were in the living room. Aaron (14) was playing a game on his iPhone (a hand-me-down).
Matthew was at the desk, on the computer playing some avaition game with headphones on. He's 14 too and had been on the computer for hours.
Daniel - 18 one of the twins was in his bedroom - on his laptop (he spends hours and hours on it).
Samantha (18) was on the sofa. She was on a laptop with her iPhone plugged into it Facebooking and listing to music with earphones (both computer and Iphone hand-me- downs too).
Elizabeth - the third triplet was on the sofa, also plugged in with earphones on a laptop (another hand-me-down) with her Blackberry (another hand-me-down) texting and facebooking.
When I looked around the room and started complaining about everyone being plugged in - I got a chorus of 'oh you should talk - you're always on the computer'. "Yes, but I am on it for work" didn't sway them. Even my husband (who was in the kitchen and who by the way is never far from his laptop of iPhone) piped in that I shouldn't be a hypocrite.
So I played with the dogs a bit more and then started reading the book.
We all sat there together - but separately.
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