We did something tricky this week. We changed the internet in our house so it doesn’t work between 8am and 8pm.
Paprika (10) – has high-functioning autism (HFA) – and she will spend hours happily locked away in her room on the computer, only coming out for occasional sustenance. The other girls don’t have any sort of draw to technology like that – they don’t care to watch TV or even use their iPads. But for Paprika, it is an overwhelming urge that pretty much consumes her mind.
I looked into programs like Freedom – which is a paid service where it locks your access to the internet so you can be more productive. It seemed like a good choice – but then Evan figured out how to just program our internet router (for free) – so that each device has its own time when its locked out of the internet. Voila!
We took all of Paprika’s devices offline during those 12 hours of 8am to 8pm. And he took my devices (at my request!) offline from 3am to 7am. Yes, believe it or not – I needed that lockdown! My goal right now is 2000 words/day with my writing – and most of that I accomplish between those early morning hours.
I am very happy to report that since we put the technology lockdown into place, Paprika has been so much more socially active with us – and she’s found all sorts of fun projects to do around the house. There is no argument about whether or not she can be on the computer because it’s just not an option – and the technology is to blame, not us. (Even though she knows we set the hours, there is a layer there that makes it okay for her.)
In other news, yesterday we all went for a bike ride. I say we ALL went because we did! I found this bike on Craigslist with a baby bike seat – and got it yesterday.
I’m only riding in our neighborhood and mostly on the sidewalk – don’t worry! Yesterday, we all went out for a spin and it was so fun. I was pretending we were riding through the French Countryside together – but the streets of LA are nice, too. 🙂 Haha.
Evan trying it out:
I’m pretty excited about it because it means that during the week, I can go for bike rides with the girls when Mr. M isn’t home. So far, either they’ve had to go for rides by themselves, or one of the girls has to drive Ellie in the little car while I follow on the bike. This gives us a lot more options!
The weird thing is that I used to ride in a bike seat JUST like this when I was a baby, and I remember it so well. I had to have been only a year or so old – and yet, I remember so many of those bike trips. I wonder if Ellie will remember her bike trips, as well. 🙂 She LOVED riding in the seat yesterday. She kept yelling, “Fun! Fun! Fun!”
Yes, I would have to agree – her life is very fun! 🙂