Fury failed his Spanish test last week. As a consequence, we took his screen time away for the weekend (no TV, no computer). This hits him harder than most kids because we have a "no screen time during the weekdays" rule. You can wag a finger at me all you like, but my response will always be "at least I'm not Kim Jong Il," so there. It's so easy being an Asian parent. We have convenient reference points.
This weekend was particularly tragic for Fury because we were taking a road trip up north (did I mention we sold our house and are moving up to Northern CA in March? More on that in a few weeks). On road trips, Fury is allowed to be on the laptop/Nintendo DS/iTouch all he wants without limits, since we're just sitting in the car anyway. He also gets unlimited screen time once we get there because my buddy has a 15 month old baby and no age-appropriate toys for Fury. I guess he picked the wrong week to fail a test.
"But it wasn't a fail, it was a D-"
Oh Fury, in some Asian villages, that gets you banished until you're 18.
So what did Fury do without anything electronic for the entire weekend??
He read books in the car.
He pushed his little sister around in a toddler mobile.
He pushed my friend's kid around in a toddler mobile.
He played catch with me in the yard.
He hit wiffle balls with me in the yard.
He read books at night.
He had conversations.
He had fun.