I see from a post by About.com's guide to Children's Books that it is once again Screen-Free Week, today through May 5. This is an annual celebration that I resolutely refuse to participate in, as screens serve functions in my house that are not easily unplugged-from, including rewards, routines, and respite. My son is currently in an OCD-ish phase where he has to watch certain YouTube videos repeatedly or the world will come to an end, and I invite the screen-free folk to come in and talk him out of that, 'cause I haven't been able. But even without that, the idea that without screens kids will go outdoors and frolic together in a free and easy and safe and inclusive way sees awfully idealistically neurotypical. If you're looking for some reasons to cling to your screens this week and fend off feelings of bad parenting, read my articles on "Five Ways to Use TV for Good" and "Five Reasons to Get Your Teen on Facebook." On the other hand, if you are pulling some plugs, my articles on "Fun 911" and "101 Things to Do When There's Nothing to Do" might come in handy.
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