How my ‘weird’ child makes me so proud!

These days there is an abundance of technology going around. There is literally an app for everything, well unless you have a good old blackberry like me in which case you are lucky to get an up to date banking app!

Increasingly more and more apps, and gadgets are being aimed at young children, my niece is a pro at finding her way round you tube on her mums brand new galaxy s5 and she is literally not yet 2! More and more parents are using mobile phones, tablets and the like to entertain and educate from a young age.

Children and adults alike have so much information and technology at their fingertips it would be a waste not to make the most of it from an early age, Olivia made me a ‘Happy Birthday Olivia’ powerpoint presentation on my laptop…. I didn’t even know I had that on there!

This is an important skill in this day and age but being the old fashioned person that I am I can’t help but wonder if this is healthy. Is technology changing childhood altogether? Gone are day of going and playing in the street with your friends till mum shouts you in for dinner/bed/bath. now children socialise without actually having to physically see or speak to another person, be it facebook, twitter, snapchat, whatsapp etc…….

Recently someone made a comment about my daughter and how she plays. Plays as in with toys, dolls and the like. Real life ones not one you dress up on an app. Apparently it is weird! It is weird that as a n only child my daughter has learnt to develop her imagination to be able to play for hours inventing stories and scenarios and adventures for her dolls. Weird that she actually plays with actual toys and I do in fact limit her time spent in front of a screen.

I am proud that my daughter is able to do this. I am proud that not only does she know her way around the latest technology but also her own brain. Proud of the fact that yes she knows how to use her ipad, ipod and my laptop and kindle easily and expertly whilst also loving playing with all of her dolls, each and everyone named with their own life story (Cinderella is currently on honeymoon with harry styles I kid you not!) Proud of the fact that one day she will be able to merge these skills together to help her for a future career whatever that may be (currently a baker). Most importantly I am proud that this weird child is actually mine.

What do you think or technology and young children? Healthy and welcome addition or unnecessary?

 

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  1. In our house we do love technology however we also embrace no tech days too and I LOVE those days! I get to watch the kids imaginations flourish and fly and there really is nothing better than seeing that! Thanks for linking up! #MMWBH

  2. I couldn't agree more and Mr P and I are always talking about this and how we won't have technology too much in our house yes so they know how to use it but its toys, being creative drawing, or playdoh or kicking the ball and riding a bike outside like we did. I can't get over how many two year olds have their own ipad and watch youtube. It's a craze. Hope my children are weird too! lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  3. I love nothing more then listening to my children play. My oldest is 12 and until recently she use to play with her barbies and lego for hours x #sharewithme

  4. I hate technology…and love it of course! I hate the fact that when my kids have friends around they would rather play on the tablet or wii (both of which were presents to them…not from us!) than actually play properly! I think that is weird…and I discourage it as far as possible!

  5. I hate technology…and love it of course! I hate the fact that when my kids have friends around they would rather play on the tablet or wii (both of which were presents to them…not from us!) than actually play properly! I think that is weird…and I discourage it as far as possible!

  6. Given the chance, children will play with whatever they can find. I've visited places where there are no toys and children will still play – its such a strong and vital instinct. I worry that screens and devices interfere with that.

  7. Good grief! Weird?! I would say kids who DON'T do what liv does are weird. Imagination is key to a child's development. They learn to think out scenarios and apply that to real life situations – not rely on a gadget to do it for them.. Good on ya for encouraging that and good on her for being who she wants x

  8. Unbelievable that someone would label your child's totally normal and essential playing (children learn through play, it's been proved a million times) as weird! I can't stand screens but we do have some IPad / phone use, but I really limit it, and never on a school day. Great post on this modern problem. x

  9. at 9 I think she is having the best of both worlds. Her ipad, ipod and all things like come from her dad. I love how amazing childrens imaginations are and they should be allowed to to explore this fully

  10. I'm 18 and I'm so glad that while I was younger I got to play with toys and use my imaginations, not tap apps and look at screens! As a child you have so much life and imagination, it would be weird not to use it! x

  11. In my opinion your child is not weird at all but completely normal and just how a child should be! I despise all this technology for young children so my young children (3 and 5 years old) do not have their own ipad and play on games and apps. I try to encourage them to explore and use their imagination and run around outside. There will come a time when they will begin to use technology but it is not yet.
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