I have just read on a parenting support group that someone was thinking about getting an Ipod touch for their 4 year old.
And get this, someone else said it’s great because it keeps them QUIET!
What the heck is going on? Keep them quiet! Are we going back to the Victorian era where kids should be seen and not heard.
I know kids can be hard going ,believe me, I’ve got twins, one of whom would test the patience of a saint. I’m hoping that all the shoving and pushing against every boundary that’s put in place is all in aid of some greater plan, because it sure is hard work to parent.
I know the allure of the electronic babysitter and I’ve used it too but I think something is going wrong when we need to plug our kids in to keep them quiet.
Why is that? What is going on that we need to do this?
Ok I’m getting hyped up, I am, I know I am, but something has to be done about all this.
We are in a changing world, technology is an important part of it and will continue to be so, but we need to learn to use it wisely, not as some parenting panacea.
How do we think parents managed in days of old.?
My Mum she says she used to love it when we were all out playing in the fields or off exploring somewhere, she got a break, had peace and could quietly get on with things.
Now we coddle our kids at home, we don’t let them roam, explore, and God forbid build fires. We think some awful fate will befall them.
Outdoor Nation’s states that:
“The statistics reveal that things have changed dramatically in just one generation:
Could this fear mongering be part of a huge conspiracy to keep them at home where you WILL NEED a break so you WILL PLUG them in……I hope not.
More likely it’s another negative symptom of mass media, we know too much, are exposed to too much, raising fear and anxiety to the point that we can barely let them in the garden alone, far less off on some great adventure.
They’re too young I hear you cry. Was my sister too young? Six years below me was it wrong for her to be part of our wild, fantasy filled games, playing in the local fields or away along the old railway track?
Yes I sometimes resented having to look after her, and I did, I admit, once tie her to a tree, and leave her……oh God I can’t believe I’m telling you this. Anyhow I did, but mostly she tagged along growing and learning as we all had before her.
Where are these opportunities now?
Even in the play park I watch the helicopter parents hover around their off-spring like benign body-guards, ready to step in at a moments notice, or worse still “encouraging” little Johnny around telling him what to do and when.
Leave them alone!
Let them explore, let them work it out themselves, and yes let them have the odd fall, it might hurt a little, probably more you than them, but they will grow and expand far more out of our shadow, and we will not be having to keep them quiet!