Having trouble getting the kids down to dinner because they're all busy playing with their consoles, tablets and laptops? A slightly drastic but effective strategy to get their attention is to unplug the household router, rendering all their Wi-Fi connections inoperable.
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I heard this idea suggested by Stefan Haasem from InTechnology at Data Centre World earlier this year (see, conferences aren't just for business types). He noted that it was an effective way of guaranteeing a chorus of protest from four bedrooms: "Dad, it's not working!"
No, it's not a long-term alternative to teaching your children to be agreeable family citizens. However, life is rarely perfect, and extra kid wrangling strategies are always welcome. Got any refinements on this method? Share them in the comments.