Any parent or caregiver who works with children in our time and age knows what a difficult task we have.
there are moments when I contemplate the constantly expanding ocean of technology that our children swim in and I feel a fire of rebellion start to light up inside me. I watch how quickly we all get sucked into the ease of technology and I want to fight it.
“Mom, I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”
If you’re a parent, I’m sure you’ve heard this sentence, too. How does it make you feel?
Responsible, that’s what I feel. I feel that it’s my responsibility to teach my kids that there’s always something fun to do, to teach them that they have options; options that have nothing to do with electronics. It’s my responsibility as a parent to help them feel passionate about activities that contribute to their health and growth. I find myself wondering why, in a world full of games and endless stimulation, do we keep hearing our children complain of boredom? It doesn’t make sense when we have shelves stocked with games and toys, buckets full of balls, and crayons aching for our attention.
The world of technology is seductive. It’s constantly offering new ways to command the attention of these young brains. But, I guess, we all know the downside. When our kids sit in front of these screens, any screen, of any size, they barely move, they don’t create anything with their hands, their tactical senses aren’t stimulated and they hardly develop their social skills.
Nowadays our children are born into a world of over-stimulation and technical distraction.
Many of them pay the price for this new world as they lose their physical stamina, some gain weight, some struggle with attention deficit disorders, and some suffer from a lack of social development.
During the late 1970s and 1980s, when I was a child, the world of games was exuberant and full of movement, joy, laughter, rich concepts, and socialization.
Arts and crafts were an exciting and truly delightful way to enjoy leisure time. Children tapped into their endless imagination,
originality, and creativity. Kids learned to create something from nothing. Their bodies and brains were active with stimulation, fueling ongoing development in the most natural way.
Birthdays were a stage for socialization and playful games. Dinner and bedtime were the reasons kids stopped playing. Children’s needs and desires were more in sync. I miss
While we can’t go back to those days, we can easily observe toddlers and their natural need to move and play. They explore their environments using their bodies and senses and instinctively know how to enjoy their surroundings. They find adventure in the simplest of things.
Does human evolution occur at the same rate at which the world changes? Definitely not!
While we all strive to stay up-to-date with the world’s progress, our children’s basic regulatory development is only possible through interactive experiences. The outward progress of our world cannot change that.
Physical activity, art, thought-provoking games, and social activities are all forms of stimulation that strengthen our bodies and enable us to live healthier lives. Technology is a powerful resource for our development, but that doesn’t mean it can replace all of our educational and physical needs as a species.
We’re constantly seeking new ways to cultivate an interest in activities that contribute to the healthy development of our children.
The more I explore, the more it becomes clear to me that I’m not the only parent striving for a greater balance between these two worlds.
Parents want their children to be involved in more conventional physical activities, activities that remind them of their own childhoods. But today’s children are more sophisticated and exposed to different stimuli.
My observations and beliefs, together with my professional experience, led to the birth of B SmART ‘n PLAY. I’ve developed these colorful, environmentally friendly games that place a premium on the six developmental skills. I’ve taken a holistic approach to enhance
our children’s fine, gross, and sensory-motor skills, as well as their cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Creativity, thoughtful play and movement are significant components
of a healthy lifestyle, so I’ve delivered all of them in one package that helps support and strengthen each individual skill.