Oi!!!!!!!William wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:21 pmMy parents had me playing Dominoes very early (great for counting dice pips) and Bridge by 12. Although that didn't last long, none of my friends understood how to bid a hand. Anyway I should say I don't have children, but heavily challenge their minds while keeping it entertaining. Teach a child how to think, not what to think and they should come out fine and make you proud as a parent.
Good luck all you parents out there, hang in there it's the most worrisome job on planet Earth and I'm proud of you for procreating. That is all but those rabbits, they can't seem to cool their britches. It's one fluffle after another
But in the real world we have two kids one of each neither are interested in sports which is a little disappointing as sports is what I love to do and watch but the wife does not do sports either, so should have seen that coming.
We monitor what the kids watch and do on Tablets, PCs and watch on TV. Encourage non electronic activities. Both children are on the Autistic spectrum but at either end, so makes life interesting and really difficult to find some common ground they are both interested in.
One thing they do enjoy is making up stories with my minis and terrain, they don't generally agree on what the story should be, so I get to play referee/narrator/DM
No TV, laptops or tablets in bedrooms and phones are only used for audio stories and music.
We both kind of want to restrict the time spent on the electronics especially the video watching, but cannot deny their engagement in what they are watching - is so funny to watch my daughter watching you tube, she generates enough energy to power the village.
We feel as long as we make sure school work is done and they want to go to school then their happiness is of prime concern.
I feel I turned out alright (weird arsed Rabbit based stories aside) I wanted to watch TV and play computer games all the time. I played Football (or soccer to the uncouth colonials) in the backyard for hours so trying to encourage the kids to do something active - turns out a trampoline was the answer
Agree with the overall sentiment that aside from abuse (mental and physical) there is no right or wrong way, just different ways. Whilst our children have issues (one is autistic and the other hyperactive) and can be 'difficult' they are most certainly have character, and we will take that