I detest this meme:
We had technology when I was a kid. Naturally, it was nothing like today’s advancements, but I still had technology that could have diverted my attentions and interests.
I had a mother who understood her job as a parent.
When my sons were home, I was terribly criticized by some fellow parents because I only allowed “electronics” to come out on weekends, 6:00 PM Friday until 6:00 PM Sunday. Some parents thought I was unfair and too controlling because “kids needs their down time.”
1. I was the dad. 2. It was my family. 3. None of these parents were adoptive parents, nor were they experienced in dealing with children right out of the foster system and dealing with trauma.
There were enough distractions throughout our week. All the boys were involved with Kettering school activities, mostly anything in music, Kettering Children’s Choir, library time, family activities, their personal choice of reading, and a number of other items. We also had family time after our evening suppers: table talk, ping pong, pool, walks with Flyer (and other dogs), reading, board games, etc.
And, there was homework to be completed with tutors and myself.
Mother helped me manage a terrific schedule throughout my years at home. I had homework, of course, but I also visited the public library, and enjoyed a ton of time playing outside with my friends. Privately, I elected to read a lot and draw people and houses; I used graph paper to design houses and buildings.
Technology has nothing to do with having “a full childhood.” But, I can assure parenting is everything. Don’t use technology as an excuse for piss poor parenting.
You can make it a great day!