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 Is Old Time Alexander To Blame For  New Time Steve ?

My parenting style is referred to by many as “Old School.” I’ll buy that without hesitating. I’ll buy it without any call for revision.

I’m old. I’m Old School.

I think young kids ought to be getting exercise by playing jumprope and hopscotch rather than working their thumbs on a tiny tech gadget’s keyboard.

I think pre-teens could have a blast learning to negotiate business deals and real estate sales while engaging in social action with their friends as they all conquer the winning strategies on a Monopoly Board.

This, rather than feeling lonely with not enough likes on  Face Book.

I know family time can be rewarding when a parent engages with a kid playing the old-time checker game on that black and red board while sitting around the kitchen or dining room table.

This rather than suffering humiliation on Instagram.

Old times  found conversation happening, strategies being  developed and skills emerging.

Speaking of working the thumbs, how about a game of jacks? Whatever happened to marbles?

Babies used to have rattles – remember those? Nowadays, little ones have gadgets with screens that pop up animals emitting barks, meows, oinks and whatever other sound is associated with the screen shot.

While baby silently engages, parent is nearby working his or her own thumbs checking email, reading latest Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn posts.

I suspect somewhere back in time there was another Old Style Parenting proponent who had doubts about Alexander Graham Bell and his  new-fangled gadget that was called a telephone.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jean Troy

    I agree modern technology does not take the place of family interaction. In my family at dinner when we all get together which is usually once a month (I’m the Grandmother) all electronic gadgets go in a basket, and it is shut up in my bedroom. So for 45-60 minutes we have a phone free time. usually this gets us started and no one asks for the phone until it is time to go home. WE have found this time rewarding we play games discuss futures, and of course politics. WE look forward to this time (the youngones complain of course.) But who wants to go with out dinner and dessert.?

  2. Bill Allen, Jr.

    Dear Shirlee,

    I agree with you—-old school parenting / training is best! Socialization skills, personal interactions, problem solving skills, greater creativity and social negotiations are all valid and worthwhile skills; that are nurtured and developed for the greater growth of children.

  3. -Nate

    Cannot argue against this if you want Children to prosper .

    I’m amazed at how many families don’t all sit around the dinner table any more .

    Eating is the most natural time to chat and discuss how the day went , what’s new/old and what the plans are .

    My Son chafed at not being allowed to have a beeper back when they were the in thing , instead he learned communication skills that serve him well in his life/career .


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