Why do we do this? Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.

    Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.

So true. I'm sure this has happened since the beginning of time but I worry about kids these days with their new fangled technology everywhere. My generation didn't hold cell phones until they were 13 and even then it was those brick nokia phones for a few years. We still didn't go outside, exercise or use our imaginations nearly enough.

One of the things I thank my parents for was refusing to let my brother and I spend too much time on our gameboys or watching TV. We were constantly living on our boat which had an intense "no electronics" policy. Not even a walkman. We spent afternoons drawing and doing big workbooks my mom would buy from Costco. I read 20-30 books during the summer.

I see workmates who's kids consistently facetime and watch TV on their phones and tablets throughout the day. They aren't ever challenged to do nothing or find entertainment outside of a screen. I wonder what kind of impact that will have on them as they get older.


humanodon:

I like the idea of this, and though the execution shows dedication, I wonder if it will have to escalate and how long the parents intend to do this.

I think that kids need to be bored sometimes though, in order to let their imaginations run wild and wander into strange places. This is cool for sure, but I hope they also have a strategy to get their kids imaginations going independently.


posted by insomniasexx: 1892 days ago