It’s often hard to grasp, especially for older folk, just how equipped Connor’s generation is with technology. I often joke that they are born with a tablet in their hands.
My son is almost 3 and certainly knows his way around a smart phone or tablet. Heavens, he even knows the pattern code to his Granny’s tablet… now that’s impressive. He can operate it; by sending voice notes to his Dad, searching and selecting which games he wants to play and more recently… become our resident photographer. See some of his shots below for a little giggle. He definitely doesn’t take the most flattery photos (and might have a small obsession with bums and feet) but it’s definitely a work in progress.
It’s amazing how much he surprise’s us, and how quickly he grasp’s things. Especially at this age, I have to watch everything I say because I basically have a recorder following me around, mimicking every word I utter…. even those under my breath…
This generation, it’s impossible to please anyone and with so many contradicting “rules”, just do whats best for you and your family.
My sons watches TV, plays on tablets, eats McDonald’s and loves milkshakes… but he equally plays with his toys, eats his veggies and has manners (most days).
But we have recently taken a Technology Detox in our house. We have hidden the DVDs and DVD player during the week. Which means that we play games or do puzzles after school instead of watching a movie. We did this because it was becoming a problem for us, Connor wasn’t understanding that he can only watch for a certain time in the afternoons, which resulted in tantrums and messing up of evening routine. So the DVD player disappeared and what a difference it has made to the week, although some days he isn’t happy about it… it’s just the way it has to be for now. We did what was best for us at the time. On weekends, he has free range and can choice his movies.
Balance, it’s all about balance. Everything in moderation is the healthiest choice for me and my family.
We cannot keep them from technology, it’s the Tech generation… but we can guide them to healthy usage and understanding the limits.
Connor gets a sometimes gets little screen time at night to play his puzzle or alphabet games, they are education and boy does he blow my mind which how good he is at them. He grasps the idea of the game so quickly and refusing help from anyone – he has to figure it out for himself (Typical man)
So raise your kids as you see fit, after all you are the parent and you know your child best. What works for some, isn’t going to work for others… take advice with a pinch of salt and leave what you don’t need.
Support, encourage and love your babies!