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Feeling kinda sassy today...so let's start out like this:
A couple weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law left on a birthday trip to Austin, TX (because they totally get the "your spouse is your partner in crime/best friend, date night, trips without the kiddos thing" - haven't heard of that? Ok...let's put that down for another post.)
Of course this isn't really about the trip, but more about the amazing ways we have available to stay in touch in today's technical world...and, as you'll soon see, my complete disgust in many of the "adults", "parents" and older generation social media users, and their constant anti-tech, negative, bullying, "today's kids suck" posts, that seriously need a reality/responsibility check.
Wait! Hang on a minute. Back it up a little...before my crazy comes out.
(Calmly resuming) While they (my brother and sister-in-law) were at the airport, getting ready to leave for their trip, they called us through Facebook Messenger and their 2 year old got to talk to, and see them, as they walked through the airport. They showed him the airplane they will be flying on. They showed him all the people in the airport, and then after we got off the phone he received instant pictures of them in front of their plane and a special "We love you pic" of the two of them together. To which he responded with his own "selfie" to send back to them. This is amazing! They get to "be present" in their sons life even as they are traveling for a little "couple" time away!
At this point, I can already hear the haters (because we all get to see your hateful posts, everyday, online)...and I'm not listening. Yes, almost everything in today's world is instant. Yes, our children now expect instant gratification for most everything they want. Yes, screen time can become a problem, kids can become "addicted" to their electronics and games, etc, etc, etc...
Know whose fault that is? (This is the part that's going to piss some people off.)
Yep! The generation(s) that thought up and developed this technology - yours, mine, our parents - NOT our children. You know how when we were all growing up we always heard "Be careful what wish for, you just might get it"?
Karma. Has. Been. Served.
Our children didn't ask for the world they live in now. They didn't create it, and they certainly didn't dream up all the fancy, technological gadgets that have now enhanced their (and our) lives. They didn't ask for all their textbooks to be replaced with iPads, for everything to be computer based, or for parents to be so busy with work, 2nd jobs, running a house, paying bills, etc...that they are left to their own devices (haha...damn I'm funny!), for several hours a day.
Here's the problem that I see ALL THE TIME on social media - grown adults blaming the kids and being disgusted with the "way kids are nowadays". This is totally an ass backwards way of looking at this situation.
Seriously, do we really want to blame the kids? Talk about how disrespectful and irresponsible they are? How all they care about is being on their phones, Facebook, Snapchat, etc...? Really?
(Here comes that reality/responsibility check for the "older" generations.)
You, me, we...raised these kids! We raised them to take advantage of anything that makes their lives easier and more enjoyable...and provided them with the means to do exactly that! (Let that sink in for a second.) Honestly, that sounds like something that every parents wants for their children - happiness, an easy, abundant, fun, successful, amazing life! Right? That's what we all want, and definitely what we want for our kids!
But something happened along the way...all these cool things our generations discovered, developed and invented are addictive! They cause our brains, and our kids brains to react in a way that makes it hard to look away, put down, and do something active!
That's where this whole parenting thing comes in, Mama! We can't be mad and disgusted with our children for doing what we have allowed them to do! If someone wants to post something hateful about the kids of today, especially their own, they probably need to follow it up with..."and I take full responsibility for it".
These kids can't "get this way" all by themselves. We allowed it to happen as parents and adults.
The kids of today are actually pretty awesome! They are entrepreneurs. They love their country. They are so excited to learn about, and participate in, the proceedings of our government. They are creative. They are athletic, incredibly intelligent, and extremely talented in a diverse array of subjects and activities. They are trying to find their place in this world, and it's our jobs as parents to guide them...hands on guide them.
But how do we do that?
Make your kids your priority, Mama. That's it. Your job, your friends, your social life...nothing comes before raising your kids. Do whatever it takes to BE PRESENT IN your children's lives, now, including using the amazing technology we have today, in a responsible, beneficial, and healthy way.
Here are 10 (+1) ways that you can Be an Awesome Mama AND Make Sure Your Kids Don't End Up with "Techno-Brain"! <-----That is a Jen-ism; made up words that totally make sense to me.) :)
Now get out there and do what works for your family, Mama! Stay in your lane, raise your superstars, have fun and enjoy everyday with them! I promise soon enough you are going to have more time on your hands than you know what to do with.
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