- I made an assumption and got ahead of myself – As I briefly tried to explain in the original post. I assumed when writing it that you all already knew I was a HUGE advocate of learning through hands-on play (the blog is called Modern Parents Messy Kids after all and I have the entire Make & Play Vault crammed with hands-on creative projects for kids and I post several times a week on playtime activities). Maybe more of you got that then the comments show. It’s entirely possible that a lot of those commentors were first-time visitors who made their way here via Pinterest and hadn’t really had a look around the place before digging in. Never-the-less, what I did a poor job of conveying was that I’m a parent way on the “no apps” side of the spectrum and I recently read something that nudged me just a smidge closer to the middle.
- I’m slightly afraid of being “all judgy” – Not my finest sentence ever, I’m aware, but you know what I mean, right? I don’t want to be a blogger up on my pulpit telling you that you need to burn your TV, and here’s why. In truth, this is probably the bigger reason the “screen time is the devil/open-ended creative playtime is the promise land” sentiment has lingered in many of my posts but never taken full billing as a headliner. As a blogger I’m still figuring out how to put ideas out there with the clear intent to generate productive conversations (not to look like I’m peddling an agenda).
- I failed to be totally clear about my intentions – By mentioning the “app gap” and writing of “being a little worried about C falling behind his iPad proficient peers once he starts school”, I was in no way arguing that preschoolers need to have iPads to keep up. What I meant, and apparently did a poor job of conveying, was that my husband and I had actually decided C doesn’t need exposure to the iPad right now. However, as is the case with almost all our parenting decisions, I still worry a bit that I may be wrong and those were two of the things that I worried about. Finally, I wasn’t trying to suggest that the presence of an app gap correlated with eventual success. I was only saying that the gap exists and I, as a parent, was wrestling a little with whether it was important and whether or not I cared what side of the gap my child fell on.
- In the first post, I talked about the growing demand in this country for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) course-taking, degrees and careers and wondered if that demand might be a reason to familiarize kids with technology. In rebuttal of that line of thought, is this finding that children who play with puzzles between ages 2 and 4 later develop better spatial skills and how that can be a positive predictor of STEM success in older children. (P.S. C is 3 1/2 and he LOVES these and these puzzles – they’re great for keeping him occupied if I need to get something done.)
- If Silicon Valley execs are in favor of going low-tech then why am I even thinking about my 3 year old’s iPad skills?
- An interesting look at the benefits of good old fashioned play.
- I attended an amazing talk on raising creative children in a hurried world last week by Nancy Blakey. I’ll have more on her to come, but for now all of her books are on the top of my “to read” list.
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