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Computer Time EQUALS No Time???

Let us start off with looking at a few examples:

Situation 1:
Child: Hi dad/mom. Can you play with me?
Parent: Sorry child, i can’t. I’m busy. You can play your tab or computer.

Situation 2:
Parent: Come on kids, let’s go out for dinner with some of my friends.
(At the restaurant, kids become playful and noisy)
Parent: Kids, come and sit down. Here, play my cellphone, so we can talk.
(Kids are quiet playing computer games, while the adults chat)

Situation 3:
Child: Hi dad/mom. Can you play with me?
Parent (coming home from work): Sorry child, but I’m quite tired from the office. Go play your games.

Word of Warning: What i say next is shocking. It may anger you and prompt you for a violent reaction. You may call me old-fashion, out-dated but please do bear with me and consider this profound truth that is happening around us.

With the above situations, it maybe that we did not directly instruct them to play computer games but rarely do i see kids that are not drawn to gadgets. Computer games are so interesting, captivating, exciting, and engaging that it gets the attention of both the young and old alike. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should not use technology for education. But there are articles online that says, videos and computers are not recommended for small kids because it hampers their brain development and develops more ADHD cases, due to short attention span. Moreover, computer games are really addicting and has become just like alcoholism and drugs.

This shocking profound truth is: Has computer game time translated to Us having “No Time” with them?

With the reality that we are living in, kids are left alone with gadgets – tv, internet, computer games. Yes, computer games develop strategy and all that. But children now a days are lacking creative play, the use of their imagination. Despite of all the toys around them, children who are used to play computer games says “I’m bored.” if left for even a few minutes without it.

INVEST TIME WITH THEM. Children longs for your time – Time to play with them, be with them, spend time and enjoy them. Don’t you miss the time, the family spent jamming together, playing truth or dare, playing chess, game boards like monopoly, millionaire, game of life, boggle, scrabble, playing cards, pictionary, going road trips on weekends, doing sports, and so on. I bet you remember and miss those games that you used to play when you were young.

DO THE REAL THING WITH THEM. They play Angry Bird, be the bird and build the pillows. They are playing baking and cooking games, bake and cook with them for real. They’re playing basketball, play with them in a real court. Play chase, play around the house. City living is full of buildings and malls that are children don’t have places to run around. It would be good to bring them to parks and see nature often.

We have to AWAKEN THE INNER CHILD in us once more so that we can role-play with them, play their toys creatively with them just like in the movie Toy Story. You are never too old for it. It even makes you younger.

STOP WASTING TIME yourself with Facebook and Twitter. Stop minding the lives of other people and make your life count with those who are really valuable to you – that’s Your FAMILY. It is not too late. Make your life count, starting with your own family then with those around you. Stop playing games yourself – Bejeweled, Candy Crush, and so on.  You are throwing your life away for nothing. Again, my appeal to you, invest your time to what really matters – your children and your family. May God allow us to realize this and help us make the right choices to make our future a better and meaningful one specially for our children. God bless you all.

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