In November and December, the mom boards tend to be flooded with questions about what to get their kids for Christmas. Bikes, board games, learning toys, baby dolls and so on are discussed at great lengths. Sales and accessories are talked about until my head spins with information.
I find this to all be very normal and fun, but then someone always chimes in with this:
Don’t judge me … I’m still iffy about that idea, but I’m thinking about getting my children tablets for Christmas.
Ok … DO IT. DO IT, MOMMA!
I promise I won’t judge you, but I get your fear.
Yes, when we were growing up we played outside. We colored, we doodled on the sidewalk with chalk, we went to our friend’s house, and we rode our bikes for hours. Your kids can do this too, but don’t deny them technology because you’re afraid of judgement or the possibility that you are ruining their childhood experience. I promise that you aren’t.
The world is ever-changing. It’s different from when we were little. You can harness the same energy and fun that you had when you were growing up and balance it out with technology. It’s not a bad thing.
Technology is here to stay.
As much as we say we’d like to go back to the times when it was simple and kids weren’t online all the time, those times are not here anymore.
So I’m here to tell you if you’re thinking about getting your child a tablet for Christmas …. DO IT!
Put boundaries on it if it makes you feel better. Give them guidelines on what they can and cannot do. But don’t deny them technology. Those games and videos are their future. We’re raising a generation that is going to do everything online. They’re going to pay their bills and bank online. They’re going to socialize online. They’re going to shop online, and they’re going to work online.
Do your children a favor and allow them to learn through technology without being afraid of judgment. You do you, Momma.