Comment: I agree about choice being preferable!

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I agree about choice being preferable!

And you could voluntarily choose to cultivate a lifestyle for yourself & your children such as you described beginning today. And some children (including teens) do not hate it when there is a house rule of, say, no tv/computer games during the school week. When other activities replace "the plug-in drug," they might find themselves pleasantly surprised. (But boredom shouldn't be viewed as a negative. As they say, boredom is the mother of creativity.) They might turn out to be grateful. I hope you'll give it a try! :)
P.S. You might be interested to see the discussion on tv/media a while ago. (http://www.dailypaul.com/234788/question) I see there's now a net -8 votes. Guess some find the mere discussion of the idea a bad thing - likely saboteurs! It's in the interest of some that we remain a country of passive people allowing ourselves to be "amused to death." I'm referring to Niel Postman's book with that title. http://www.amazon.com/Amusing-Ourselves-Death-Discourse-Busi...
P.P.S. I love what you said about "ordinary things." A song for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYi9Vr8bHJY&feature=related

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir