So when my son came to ask -- I was already outside enjoying the lovely sun, reading a book -- I told him, "No. It is too early in the day. Find something constructive to do."
And he went and lied on the porch swing, "doing nothing."
I sighed, thinking, Great. Zero creativity. What a waste of good time.
About thirty minutes later he walked over to me and said, "While I was on the swing, I listened to four different bird calls, one bird song, and saw four different bugs."
I almost fell off my chair. To encourage him, I suggested he go get his nature journal, which has not been used as much as it should, and figure out the birds he heard and bugs he saw and record them in his journal.
And he went immediately to get his journal, drew the bugs, and recorded the birds he heard or saw.
Of course, these should be brush drawings, not pencil, but we're not there, yet.
I am just excited he found something more creative to do, and he did it on his own.
The other day he said to me that he wanted to write in his "nature diary" every day,
even just to describe the kind of day it was. And he's been talking non-stop about nature.
I promise . . . I never told this kid anything about CM ideas on nature. Not, yet.
But when I do talk to all of my kids, I do hope that they will be just as excited as I am
to find better things to do than play on the computer.