Everyone tells new parents, “They grow up too fast.” You know what, it’s true! Now that technology and the internet are a part of our everyday lives, it seems like kids are way more advanced today than they were just a few years ago.
I can’t say that I’m proud of the fact that both my boys play Angry Birds better than their daddy. This is one game that is not my favorite and I refuse to play. I doubt I could even find the time with all those fun online word games I enjoy playing! 😉 I’ll also be the first to admit that my kids may get a little too much “screen time”. Granted a good bit of it I would deem educational. Classic Tom and Jerry, one of JD’s favorites, teaches nurturing animal husbandry right? 🙂 Actually, between Junior’s virtual schooling with Georgia Cyber Academy and all the truly educational websites, shows and apps my boys love, I’m more accepting of “screen time” than I used to be.
The great thing is that as a parent, I can do my best to guide the boys to lead balanced lives. I can show how important it is to read a good book (and physically turn the pages! Gasp!) or pursue an interest that has absolutely nothing to do with the computer, Ipad or a video game. The fact that Junior knows how to use a dictionary and has nice handwriting still ranks high on my list of important teachings. I’m thrilled that he already shows a great love of reading and will read till the cows come home, or till his book-light battery dies, whichever comes first.
When I see the boys using their imagination and building forts, knocking down block towers or flying around like an airplane, it makes my heart happy. I love seeing kids act like, well, kids! The other night I heard a mighty loud combination of roaring, oinking and then some squeals. JD had his own storyline going on with a lovely mix of farm and zoo animals. I just couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of my baby boy using his imagination and demonstrating some of those animal husbandry skills. 🙂