I always thought before having kids that I wouldn’t be a parent that gave into screen time but over recent months I have to hold my hands up and say that with the birth of Jacob at more times than I care to admit to, screen time has been used as a partial babysitter and its made me rather sad.
Don’t get me wrong I think games consoles, gadgets and TV time all has a place in a Childs developing mind, however there has been a massive shift in Joshua’s behaviour that co-insides with his increased screen time.
Obviously some of it maybe down to a new sibling arriving, however we do only tend to see the naughty, frustrated element when he has spent time on his games console.
He adores Sonic and Mario and when he plays his frustration levels hit epic proportions and it usually results in massive meltdowns.
I guess in the age that we live in and the fact that technical interaction is so widespread I should expect that our small folk should be wholeheartedly welcoming technology aboard.
However what scares me most is what happens to our little peoples imaginations if they aren’t allowed to use them?
I remember spending hours playing shop with tins of beans and some sticky labels, I remember weekends spent covering every spare inch of living room carpet in Lego creations or building forts out of empty pot noodle pots while out in the sunshine.
Those parts of my childhood are the ones that have left the most lasting memories with me, not the days spent playing on the Saga Mega Drive which I vaguely remember doing.
Over the next few months I am reclaiming back play time for Joshua and will be planning in more imaginative playtime and stop using screen time as a babysitter.
I am pledging to bring back imagination, den building, fort taking, fantasy playtime …. Watch this space