Somehow Parents magazine has showed up in my mailbox as of late. Um, hello…my address is not on these. Kind of wondering if someone is stalking me…sending a message. Do I need some help in this department? Am I out of touch with today’s parenting techniques? I’ve been doing this for almost 24 years…I have a little experience. Insulted? Maybe
Let’s see….after a brief lookiloo through these informational treasures here’s what I’ve learned. Let’s start with tecnology…face it, you can’t pass a stroller today without noticing the cute cherub being hypnotized by Mommy’s cell phone. But, did you know that today’s kids need more apps on their devices? Better apps, learning apps, creating apps, apps for apps…because we would hate for them to have one single solitary moment of time where they actually use their imagination and entertain themselves. Did you know that kids today shouldn’t have homework? Hmmm? Well, maybe if they didn’t have so many apps on their devices they would have time for the homework no one wants to tackle. Apparently, babies need approx. 200 gadgets just for sitting around the house…What the what? Bimbos, Boppies, BebePod…I don’t think I speak baby anymore. When I had kids we just laid them on the Cheerio, dog-hair, dirt, covered carpet and called it sensory development. They survived. Thrived even. Play dates! You can’t just send your kids outside anymore shouting, “Come home when it’s dark!” Oh heck no!! You need a “theme” in order to have a well constructed play date. The suggested theme in this issue was “Drama”….like we all don’t have enough of that in our lives already.
Stokke Stroller…it even sounds cool.
Ok, here’s an advertisement for what looks like a bucket on a stick with wheels, but I’m guessing it’s a stroller. For the price of this “stroller” you could have a Smart Car my friend….Heck, I’d be driving my baby everywhere. Where do you newbies store all this shtuff and more importantly how do you afford it???
I glanced over an article about covering up clutter…ya, I’ve got this one, it’s called, Don’t open the door. Kids today do have a more distinctive palate by the way. Among the recipe selections offered in these magazines…Wild Rice & Quinoa Bowl, Chicken Curry, and Lemon Shrimp Orecchiette. (I can’t even pronounce orecchiette) How much time do you have and who are you feeding? Oh, and I hope you hand made Little Susie’s Valentines….because You have time for that in between making curry, and supervising play dates.
Alright, alright, I may be a little out of touch. I did have my first kid almost 24 years ago. But, we did just fine without most of the gadgets and hoopla that I hear about today. I’m still very much in the parenting trenches today…my youngest, twins, are 11, And yes, they do have some gadgets, not phones….I just can’t go there. (and, yes I know they are the last 11 year olds in the Universe without phones) They also observe the 5 second rule…a little dirt never hurt anyone, fight with each other…and make up on their terms, do homework, have play dates without my involvement, make crafts from crap, board games are one of their faves, and they hate broccoli. And, I promise they’ll grow up just fine
I have to wonder with all of this micromanaging of our kids have we lost site of the big picture? Childhood. Just letting our kids play, solve problems on their own, use their imaginations, make messes, eat mac & cheese, explore….Isn’t that what childhood is about?
***All of these opinions expressed are strictly my own, and in no way should reflect upon the publication Parents Magazine. Which does have a lot of parenting info. A***