"Mirin's so bored he's crying," she'll say. "Can I please put a video on for him?"
"No!" I reply. "Make him go outside to play!"
I think it was different for their generation. People who played around on computers back then actually had to learn a lot about programming, because nothing was very well set up. They don't realize that these days everything is spoon-fed, and playing around on the computer is only passive entertainment. They don't understand that I want my children to be able to entertain themselves, to learn to be creative and imaginative.
In the depths of boredom, Mirin created a beautiful sword this week. Naturally, he left it lying around for the toddler to pick up:
Clothilde is the kind of kid who knows exactly what to do with a sword, of course. See, boredom is good. So much more creatively stimulating than a passively entertaining screen.