Just in the past 20 years, childhood has taken on an entirely new face. Technology is a part of our lives practically from birth. The tech-era has big benefits — greater parental awareness, fast access to educational resources and helpful tech tools, and healthier food, to name a few. Sadly, tech doesn’t come without consequences. The biggest one? The freedom to just be a kid. By nature, kids are curious, active and a little wild. Staring at screens all day can stifle that energetic spirit and sometimes give kids a little more information than they’re mature enough to handle.
We can’t get rid of modern technology altogether, but we don’t need to! Instead of backing over Alexa with the family car, just make more time each week to unplug and allow kids room to grow. Inside, supervise screen time. Outside, let them test their limits. Let them climb a tree. Let them go off with their friends. Let them make a few mistakes. Let them be kids!
One day, your creative, socially aware, tech-savvy, organic kale-eating, book-reading, mistake-making, wonderful kids will thank you. Even if they did eat a few Fruit Roll-Ups along the way.