Good Afternoon Parents! It’s Me, a 90s Baby. The one whose parents would let her hang outside with her friends without being hovered over. The one who would attend parties with the family and didn’t have a parent continuously checking up on whether or not we were having fun or what we were up to. The Kid who couldn’t rely on phone apps or tablets because they didn’t exist. The one who had to think up our own crafts, games, or whatever we wanted to do at the moment… I’m also the one who has a 4.5-year-old in the year 2017 where the news is constantly scaring me.
Some of the most controversial topics surrounding play are whether to include a recess at school, whether or not kids should play unsupervised, Should we allow screen time, and if sports count as play. Genius Of Play created a great video that shows parents each giving their opinion on such topics and it’s great to watch. In my post, I decided to talk about Unsupervised Play and Screen Time. Let’s start with unsupervised play.
When I was a kid, our parents trusted us. We were allowed to go to the store alone, Play outside for HOURS alone until they popped their heads out the window and yelled our names, and even hang in other kids houses (no matter the gender) because they knew we weren’t thinking about anything but playing with their toys. Back then, we acted our age. These days, 11-year-olds have attitudes and swear they’re 21. I would LOVE to allow my child to have unsupervised play, but I see too many kidnappings and traveling bullets happening on a Daily Basis. These are things that scare me, but what scares my kid? NOTHING. My kid has no idea what’s going on in the world. All she knows is that she’s a kid and she wants to play without me saying “Gabby Don’t do that! Gabby, Stop. Gabby, Play Nice!” When My kid gets older, then maybe I’ll allow her to have the same unsupervised play I had as a kid. Mostly, because it is my greatest childhood memory and It should be hers too.
Let’s Talk Screen time now. Those dreaded screens are said to be making our kids dumb and that isn’t true. It’s also said to take away from our kids playing and using their imaginations, but it’s not. Let’s watch the video and then I explain…
There are TONS of ridiculous shows and clips on tablets that have us thinking “why is my kid watching this?” The answer is always “I don’t know” or “because I like it”. Then there are also MANY educational videos within the same app which takes away the guilt of letting our kids be on their devices. Though we didn’t have tablets when we were younger, it would’ve been great to have videos that showed me how to make Slime or how to build Popsicle houses! That right there shows that it can promote play. It may be a step by step instruction to make something, but it brings on imaginative play. My niece made a bunch of slimes which my daughter then used to cover her plastic toys like a monster. My niece made a popsicle house because she saw a video and made it her own. I used a video to make adorable fairy dolls for my daughter to play with!
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Genius of Play. However, all opinions are completely my own.