This past days and months my kids have been playing a lot in the computer to the point of addiction as they don’t want to go to bed early anymore because they want to play more Plants vs Zombies, angry birds, sonics and games in one of their lessons. At first I let them use my netbook for their lessons in Reading Eggs and they both learned a lot from it. Then the girl figured it out how to open my netbook because she knows my password and instead of doing her lessons she spent more time in a game section of that lesson. When I received my tablet I installed the zombies app and of course played with it without limitation. The boy got carried away to the extent that he won’t let go of my tablet anymore.
The Plants vs. Zombies had affected my angry buckaroo so I limit the games to two but they still able to snuck out some few games. Last Friday he was in a good mood when I picked him up from school. While we were walking he said he was nice at school and added the question, “am i allowed to play with the tablet now mommy?”, I answered I’ll think about it. Clever boy. But he was not happy about it and started acting bad. He said will not coming home, and that he will go back to school and more. He even said, “you are not my mommy anymore”, You’re not my friends, you’re my enemy today, tomorrow and next tomorrow and yada yada yada. All these meanie words from his cute mouth are because of the Plants vs. Zombies. This is the reason why a tech timeout and withdrawal is necessary. He cried when I teased him and pretending to dial my phone to call a cop.
I also installed the app in my cellphone so instead of the tablet, i can use the cellphone for them to play with. The cellphone is a bit slow than tablet and with that I was thinking they probably got bored, annoyed and might decide to quit playing but I was wrong because even if the game time is over and the boy stole and snuck out with my phone while it was still charging. It doesn’t look right anymore because he had been sneaking out with my phone and hide under his bed to play with zombies.
The tech timeout and zombies withdrawal didn’t come out so pretty so far. I’m still hearing some pretty mean word from the boy’s mouth whenever he asked to play with the tablet or cellphone. Today he refused to come with us with Justine to this pinoy community because I told him I won’t bring the tablet with me. Christmas is couple of days away and I hope when they open their presents it will change everything.