Obedience in the 21st Century

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Have you ever heard this?  “This way mum, not that way” as a child tells you how to use your phone?

Seeing our children use technology effortlessly may make us feel helpless in guiding them.   How can we enforce rules around technology?

The familiarity that kids have around technology means they treat it as normal.   Don’t give up!  Rules about devices should be treated the same as any other rules.

“there are several ways to approach rules,” advises child-development specialist Phyllis Gilbert, M.S., M.Ed., of the child development and family living department at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The secret is finding the one that works for your particular child.

“First of all,” said Gilbert, “make sure the rule is age-appropriate. A curfew that is appropriate for a 12-year-old may not be appropriate for a teenager.”

Age is also a factor in explaining the rules. If your toddler is slamming the door repeatedly, you may need to make a game out of practicing how to close the door appropriately. A teenager, however, can understand the direct approach of a statement that incorporates consequences, such as, “Slamming the door may cause the glass to break. I don’t want that to happen, and you don’t want to have to pay for it, so please be more careful.”

When we create rules around technology the same applies.  Take the time to sit beside your child and work together to decide which games might be for which times.

There is so much available “out there”, it’s inevitable that we will have to step in and discuss boundaries.  When you do, the key is not to overreact, but instead calmly measure up to the rules.  Gently persuading will take a while, but is ultimately more effective in the end.

Quote From Mom.me How to Make Kids Obey Your Rules


Let them draw – it’s only printer paper!


All my kids love to draw. Usually this is an act of the moment that isn’t thought through very well – They grab the materials at hand and go for it.

No problem with this, only that the most convenient paper to hand tends to be printer paper.

In the past I found this really annoying and I set out to teach the kids that this paper was not for drawing. It seemed like the right thing to do – until my son stopped drawing altogether. This may not have had anything to do with the availability of paper…or it may have.

Kathy Eugster a “Certified Play Therapist” (which sounds like fun!) says that “Even though it is important to encourage your child to help in cleaning up the toys, it is your job to provide your child with a clean and organized play space and with the necessary toys and materials for creative and imaginative play.” Google tells me that Kathy’s opinion on such things ranks very highly.
My youngest daughter does her best to ask for art materials. Sometimes she has them, sometimes she doesn’t, and the printer paper goes missing. And now that’s ok with me! She is unaware that I have a new rule :

“Let her draw – it’s only printer paper.”

Also she’s unaware that I have a hidden ream of printer paper in the cupboard. 😉
For more information, take a look at Kathy’s article on her website at http://www.kathyeugster.com/articles/article007.htm


Building the world of your imagination with blocks – Behind the scenes at the eidy workshop


Block based voxel games such as Infiniminer, Minecraft and eidy  are great for exploring, surviving and mining.

The gaming community sees much more in these games.

The screenshot shows the “workshop” of one of the 0ur team. It is a huge space, measuring roughly 2km square, deep underground.

It was created as a “dry dock” for the purpose of creating large models, such as a pirate ship that is currently under construction.

Why this is noteworthy, is that in order to get sufficient lighting underground, the entire surface area (walls, roof and floor) are made of lanterns!



Announcing Eidy Storycraft


Eidy is made up of two products, eidy connect, an app a remote parent uses to connect with their kids, and the eidy game itself.

The eidy team are currently experimenting with the eidy game, challenging our assumption.

One such assumption is the “eidy story” engine.  This allows the player to write stories to create items instead of the more traditional drag and drop crafting technique.

For example, instead of dragging and dropping sticks and wood on a crafting table, the player may write a story such as:

One day Mary went into the wood and cut some sticks and boards.  With these she made a wooden pickaxe.

We are trialing with a group of alpha testers a game called “eidy storycraft” that tests this.

Like this idea?  If you would like to participate, leave some feedback and we will get back to you.



Kids love rules! The secret to making rules stick


Surprisingly enough, rules can help kids feel safe.  What kind of rules?

Consistent Rules

“If your rules vary from day to day in an unpredictable fashion or if you enforce them only intermittently, your child’s misbehavior is your fault, not his. Your most important disciplinary tool is consistency. Identify your non-negotiables. The more your authority is based on wisdom and not on power, the less your child will challenge it.” says Laurence Steinberg, PhD, author of the book The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

Sourced from WebMD