by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife – Children Are Bored, Impatient, Easily Upset and Friendless
Editor’s note: Luckily for Lori she lives in a part of the country where you can surf year round and the weather is nice enough to sent the kids out into the backyard. Not everyone has that option. Sometimes the weather interferes with outdoor time and it might not be inappropriate to allow the substitution of screen time or quiet indoor play. In the winter I used to take my children to the indoor skateboard park, or over to an indoor trampoline place or other activity that didn’t always involve playing outside. That’s the problem with broad sweeping generalizations, they don’t always work for everyone. It’s not one size fits all. Notice that Lori does not mention allowing her daughters to surf.
Children being able to play is also important for them. When I was growing up, back in the 60s, all the neighborhood children would be outside playing until the sun went down. When I was raising my children, we all gathered in the cul-de-sac and watched the children play while us mothers talked together. We didn’t have iPhones or computers to distract us. My grandchildren spend a lot of their days in their backyard playing and creating. “Unfortunately, technology replaced the outdoor time. Also, technology made the parents less available to socially interact with their kids.” Be available to your children and let them play and interact with each other instead of watch a screen for hours every day so they will learn to have real life friendships throughout life.
I believe the best environment for children is in their home with their mothers full time. They can play, move, learn to work hard and have self-control! If you don’t have a backyard, take them to a nearby park and let them just run around. When I homeschooled my sons through junior high, I took them to the beach to surf after they were done with their three hours of schoolwork. The only screen was the television and we didn’t allow them to watch it much so you, young mothers, have to be much more vigilant in helping your children have a healthy, well-rounded childhood.
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