It's almost like lately I started to realize that kids are getting so expensive now, more than I can remember we'll being. I think it's because technology wasn't like it is now back then. It's like they don't want to go out and get exercise and just play anymore.
I mean I was really thinking about this, I'll start with cell phones, I didn't have a cell phone until I turned 18 and got my own whereas these days it's not normal for kids as young as 10 to not have a cell phone and to boot, they can't just have any cell phone now, it has to be a touch screen smart phone!!
Next, I am moving onto video games, back when I was a kids we started with an atari, then we ended up with Nintendo's and Super Nintendo's or Sega's and we only had one system! If we were lucky we had a handheld Gameboy too lol. Now my kids have a wii, PS3, DSi, and PSP!!
Then computers..we didn't have a computer at all growing up. In fact I didn't get my own desktop until I was 19 or 20 whereas now kids have laptop's ipads or tablets, ipods and all other types of computer devices that work and run better than my first desktop did and you can hold them in the palm of your hand!!
Now, my reason for this post is because my husband Nathan and I were talking about when we were kids how we were ALWAYS outside playing ball, games, in the creek or woods. We never wanted to be inside if we didn't have to unless it was winter and still we wanted to play in the snow!! My kids pretty much have to be forced to go outside and play!! I know it just seems unnatural right!?.
So, I guess right now my question would be...Is this technology helping today's children or hurting them? I understand that the world now IS technology and that it is important for the children to know, understand and be able to use this technology for their future. It just seems to me that my kids, and I have talked to other mom's who have the same issue, are just unmotivated and lazy compared to what we were as children. All they want to do is go on Facebook, text their friends, talk on the phone and play some sort of video game.
It's funny too because I swear they text, Facebook and talk on the phone with their friends more than they actually see them!! My husband started every once in a while this summer saying to our kids, "You have 1/2 hour to do whatever you want inside with your gadgets and then you HAVE to go outside and play! Find something fun to do like kickball". We even just built a new shed and it's two stories so that the kids have the entire top story for their own little clubhouse to hangout and play in, all summer they've been in it four times, two of which we were in there with them!! LOL
On the other hand, I do have to say that I myself enjoy the new technology too. I play the PS3 and I also am able to run my wonderful blogs from my laptop too so it's not that I don;t like or believe in the new technology. It's just that I wonder if we spoil our children too much with it at too early of an age.
I am sure there are many of you who have an opinion on this sun=subject and I just want you all to feel free to comment and give us your experience or opinion.