BB: Play video games!
Doctor: Video games? Video games are fun, but what happens if you spend too much time playing video games?
BB: Your brain rots out of your head.
This was a conversation with our pediatrician and my 7 year old at his latest physical. I am a believer in technology (well hello online business!) and we do allow our children to watch TV and play video games. Just like everything else in life, I am also a believer in balance.
We need to slow down, put the technology away, and spend quality memory-making time with our children. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s not as much fun when it is. A simple toy that inspires imagination and creates play can go a long way. The slowed down pace and the time to actually make a memory is what our children will talk about with the generations to come.
At the end of the day, we do our best to sit down for dinner around the table as a family. It isn’t always pretty — the kids fuss about how many bites they have to eat, my husband hasn’t had time to change from his work clothes, and I am showing a few battle stains from the day. Once settled in, we go around the table telling about our favorite part of the day. More often than not, my daughter will say it was a part of the day when we spent time together. I’m not talking about an extended or dramatic play experience; instead it was the 10 minute picnic where we pretended to eat cake and cookies. The story we read over. and. over. Or the simplest tea party. These are the moments our kids will remember.