My 8-year-old and 13-year-old son are pretty ticked off at their dad and I. We have been very mean to them, but not in the way that they think. If you ask them, we have been “mean” by greatly limiting their time playing games on the computer/xbox/ipod. If you ask me, it was mean of us to ever let them become addicted in the first place. My boys are having to relearn how to play with toys. I know that for a 13-year-old that is especially hard because at this age they are giving up their “play” time. So let me re-phrase and say that we are having them relearn creativity. If you recall, CREATE was MY word for 2014. It was about being intentional in my life. I have taken this very seriously and in the process, come to the realization that electronics have taken over our lives. Quickly tired of fighting the resistance of limited technology, I turned to my local library for help! I found this book:
What a gem!!! From this book, I have learned that we are all born creative, but it is stolen from us when we entered school. Consider the quote from the book referring to the day we entered school. “We were not taught how to think; we were taught to reproduce what past thinkers thought.”
Yeah………….my kids think I am off my rocker. My husband is fully supportive and really contributing to this change of life style. And that’s what it must be………..a lifestyle change. It is hard and right now, it hurts! It is especially hard because it is winter. It is easy to allow extra time on technology because it is winter, but in reality, there is SO MUCH TO DO indoors before the weather warms and we spend our days outside. We have numerous puzzles to be put together. We recently discovered the game of scrabble as a family. We love playing Uno and Old maid. My children are usually OK with playing family games. The hard part is when they have to entertain THEMSELVES without technology.
I recently did a search for toys on Amazon. With Valentines Day approaching, perhaps I will do a bit more than we normally do and buy an actual activity to help the kids with their transition. Here are a few things I am considering:
DIY Rubber Band Bracelet loom kit, Lego friends, Lego minecraft and spirograph. Remember spirograph?? I am also considering latch hook kids and lightbright.
We do have an entire library of children’s books and we make a weekly trip to our local library (which is beyond amazing).
Please, do share what your children enjoy playing with. This process is tough on mom right now! We do not have a peaceful home when everyone is in withdrawal and bickering. I have to teach my kids to be kids again! I need help! And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. 🙂