My husband and I are very anti-technology. We are probably the only people on the planet without iPhones. I’m a stay at home mom with access to our computer if needed and his profession doesn’t have him behind a desk and no emailing is required. He still has the first generation iPod while I have the first generation iTouch. Oh, and I have a Kindle for just reading, no 3G.
Our children are yet to be sat down to watch TV and they aren’t given any iAnything to be kept busy. Although sheltering them from these things isn’t our goal for the rest of their lives, when they get to school age I’m sure we’ll be using something for schoolwork, we don’t see the need for our kids to be looking at a screen like that. If they’re bored they should go play or even read a book (at their age it’s pretend to read a book but you get what I’m saying).
We were recently at a birthday party and at our table was an adorable 8 month old baby….with an iPhone in his hands watching the screen instead of playing peek-a-boo with his mommy. At the park the other day a parent had their child in the stroller….with an iPhone in it’s hands. You’re at the park!!
When did parenting go to the machines?
I came across this article and shared it on my Facebook page. Most of my friends “like” every article, post, photo of my kids all the time. However, when this article went up the only “likes” it got was from non parents. Is it better to not know the damage we’re causing our children? I know way too many people who are guilty of giving their child technology instead of playing with the child themselves.
I don’t know what it’s like to have to get something done and have only one child. My kids don’t need TV or iSomething’s to stay occupied. They have each other to run up and down the hall with giggling. I’m sure it’s easy to say “Just a few minutes won’t do anything.” but what did our parents do with us? We pride ourselves today about the knowledge we have about parenting. Organic foods are better, reading to newborns is good for their minds, breastfeeding facts, etc. Yet, our parents never left us alone with an iPhone and our generations didn’t have as many troubled children as we do today. (Although I believe many children get over diagnosed as well adding to the numbers, just my opinion.)
Next time you’re out, look around. See how many parents are paying attention to their children and how many are distracting them instead. You’ll start to feel bad for the kids around you.