As an adult, I’m fully aware that nowadays we live in a digital age where we’re taught to embrace technology from an early age, as this seems to be the new universal language in which we communicate, whether it be calling, texting, skype-ing, face-booking, tweeting, blogging, emailing etc,
But as a mother, I’m becoming more and more conscious that I still I want my children to be ‘kids’ for as long as possible.
Like I did…..
……being outdoors and getting dirty!!!
I especially remember the school summer holidays, which seemed to just last for what felt like forever!!
- The play schemes in the local park – where I remember the building as being huge, but now as I walk past it’s just a garage!
- Muddy knees
- Plaits and dungarees
- Scrapes, cuts and bruises
- Planting up my own flower bed in our back garden with my Daddy
- Bike rides
- Fishing in the water-butt – ok – so the little weird things that seem to live there
- Wheeling our dolly’s around the roads in their prams
- Making perfume from the petals we’d pick from the garden
- Holding yard sales
- Blackberry picking with my grandparents
- Colouring in pages from our colouring book and selling them for 2p each around our neighbours houses!!
- Collecting as many ladybirds as we could find (before releasing them of course!!)
- Setting up our Sindy dolls, Barbie dolls and Flower Fairy dolls to take photos of in the pond waterfall. Especially when they were getting married to Ken or Derek!!!
- Building dens over the swing
- Pitching our very 70’s tent and camping overnight in the back garden – probably only to come in a couple of hours later as we were cold and scared!!!
- Playing outside in the cul-de-sac until the sun went down
……instead of just sitting and watching TV, endless hours of playing video games, or being glued to the iPad on their new apps etc
Granted, my girls are only three and one but it’s actually rather scary how even my 1 year old knows how to swipe on the iPad, or click buttons to turn a channel on the television! (even if it is extremely cute because she gives herself a little clap after she’s done it!!)
Though of course, things just aren’t as they were 30 years ago and perhaps we just need to move with the times, and accept things as they are or are becoming.
Obviously, it’s not that I don’t want my children to learn all of this new technology, of course not, as I fully understand and support the notion that our children should be familiarized with this from young ages to ensure they can perhaps, ‘keep up’ later down the line in their chosen fields of work. Instilled in them from so young that perhaps it’s learnt as a second language. And in a way I suppose, I’m almost envious that they’ll get this tuition, this opportunity; as it’s something I myself struggle with and only wish I could get to grips with a lot more than I’m managing to at the moment!
Personally, being new to blogging, and very much a beginner, I’ve come from a very non-technical background, where it was deemed as good even if you could use a keypad and word!
Although I am still far from understanding it, I’m certainly becoming more and more familiar with terms like Gravatars, widgets, metadata (?) – which like I say is a whole new world for me.
(And also the reason that last night I managed to permanently delete all my photos off all the blogs I’ve posted so far, so I’m now having to trawl iPhoto to search for the ones I think I used and re-install them!!!)
In my last job technology has totally changed the industry landscape in that no more is it the plain old advertising and mailshot letters used to gain more customers, better brand awareness etc, as its now all about social media, online advertising, email shots, online banner and skyscraper ads, websites, forums, web feeds, virtual meetings, augmented reality……
But don’t get me wrong though – as a mum I most definitely still support the odd few hours’ worth of TV here and there, as it sometimes just means I can get things done around the house without having to pull my hair out in the process!!
I suppose what I’m saying is that somehow, in amongst this very digitally advancing world, I just need to find that happy middle ground, where my children can learn for the future but at the same time live, experience embrace and enjoy the ‘now’ of being a child.
As I suppose with all things, it’s just technological progression – and I would expect in another thirty years’ time, things would have advanced further still and perhaps even our children of today may feel as I do right now!!!!
As a family though, we are actually very lucky and fortunate to have a fabulous extended family network with whom our girls spend time with each week, as they do actually get to spend time doing exactly those things I’d listed above.
I suppose it’s just my job now to keep the balance!!