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.