Today, I hosted a playdate for the twins & their friend. Her mom comes with her as we get to enjoy some adult conversation as the kids play; a win-win for all of us.
However, we noticed today that the kids seemed to have a hard time finding things to do despite the plethora of toys and board games available to them.
This got us moms talking.
As is usually the case, we found ourselves comparing our childhood with that of our children. The differences go farther than the typical "I stayed outside all day until the street lights came on" that inevitably pops up.
We came to the conclusion that kids today, not just ours, don't know how to entertain themselves because technology does it for them. With the amount of TV shows, video games, and music videos geared at youth today, why should they have to think for themselves and find something to do? Using their imagination seems foreign to them somehow. Why pretend to play house and make tea and biscuits when I can pop in this disc, waive a controller and (insert favourite video game cartoon character) does it for me?
I'm all for society and technology advancing; but, at what cost? Even in schools I'm finding the fundamentals like learning to print and cursive are falling by the wayside since computers can do it for them.
What are your thoughts? Have we, as a society, become so technology obsessed that we no longer care about developing the minds of our children?