By: Vallery Miller
Even though my children are only six and seven, I’ve been so happy that they haven’t asked me for any Playstations, Wii’s, Xboxes or other gadgets. Our kids would rather play outside, ride their bikes and scooters, or play basketball or hockey. I’m always amazed at how creative they can be when I see what kinds of games they make up with their friends. During winter they love going outside and playing in the snow and sledding.
Now don’t get me wrong, they do have a computer and occasionally use tablets and their Nintendo DS. There’s too many educational resources that these electronics can provide! However, I feel that fresh air, exercise, and creative thinking help them be well-rounded children. Getting to know the world they live in and how it works is something that I think is really important for my kids to learn. I believe that by being creative and exploring our neighborhood and getting to know the people and other kids who live in our area will help them with so many life situations. My hope is that it will help them become caring, understanding people, who can problem solve and think for themselves. I strive to give them a great foundation to build future life skills on. Social situations, problem solving skills, empathy towards others, communication skills, and a voice to speak up for what they believe.
Having said this, I have suddenly found myself staring at the “plug-ins.” Thanks a lot wicked winter weather! My kids have been influenced by this ”craze” of a game called “Five Nights at Freddy.” In this game they are the night guard at a daycare. The toys come to life at night and you need to stay alive until 6 am to win. These toys are pretty scary and evil looking and why they are in a daycare I can’t understand! (Seriously, who thinks of this stuff?!) I believe it is the same people who didn’t get outside enough as children. I have now cut time allowed on electronics dramatically as their desires to get away from the educational games we’ve downloaded begin to taper. I am striving to be a proactive parent rather than a reactive parent, especially when the lunatic mom inside me want’s to freak out every time I see these types of games out there for kids.
I really hope other parents realize what is going on in the games their kids are playing. On that note, I say stay warm until next post…..Val.