6 May 2013

Old Favourites


If I offered my children total freedom on their choice of activity for the day,  I would put money on the following: Tween 1 would choose games on the Ipad, Tween 2 would choose TV (or American trash as I call it!) and The Boy would choose Minecraft on the PC.  

As in most 21st century homes, the word 'screens' is quite possibly uttered more than any other in this house: "Have I had all my screen time?"...."You know you're only allowed 1 hour of screens"....."Right, that's it! All screens are banned for the rest of the day!"  Sound familiar?

Imagine my surprise and sheer delight, when I came across my two girls (aged 12 and 11) playing with their Sylvanian Families last week....




My heart swelled a little at this sight: firstly because these two were playing nicely together (a rare occurence!) and secondly because they had spontaneously chosen to do something which most girls their age wouldn't dream of.  I guarantee that if their friends came round, they would hurriedly put these away in shame. Why are girls forced to grow up so quickly these days?  I find it sad.

A little later in the week, I discovered The Boy, setting up his Brio train set - something I almost sold at the school fete last year!  I am so glad that I didn't.  He innocently played with this, on his own, for about 3 hours that morning....



It really is amazing what the words "No more screens!" can encourage. Why not try it?!

Do you think that children grow up too fast these days?  Do yours still have a 'favourite' toy that they go back to, time and time again?

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31 comments:

  1. How lovely to see them playing with real toys! My boy is only 5 and can use the computer better than me. I limit screen time too. I love to see him using his imagination. A lovely magic moment x

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    1. My boy frightens me with his skill on the PC...I think it's a boy thing!

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  2. Oh how brilliant! Do you know, if no one was watching I would still play with Sylvanian families. Or Lego. Probably a big reason to have kids, so I can play with toys again! Last week my two year old finally consented to play with Happyland again after a long "No. Not Happyland"-phase. Anytime his play does not involve numbers I am very happy (obviously I try to let him play as much number games as he wants, I do realise it is educational, I just get a bit bored...)

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    1. Aw, Happy Land, that brings back fond memories! I am a huge Lego fan too....love building those complex designs!

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  3. This is lovely - it's so refreshing. I know E is only little but already I'm starting to see the push on growing up - now she's out of "baby clothes" and I'm shopping for bits in "older girls" I am horrified by how grown up the clothes are... I dislike the toy iphones etc you can buy for little ones - we have one to save our own - but that's just encouraging them to act like adults, right? That said, we're always encouraging kids at school to be more grown up and independant from when they arrivein Year7... You just can't win.

    Sylvanian Families. Gorgeous. x

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    1. I am really not a fan of the older clothes either - thankfully my children are all very small so this isn't too much of a problem! I do think that independence and growing up too soon are different things (thankfully!. My eldest is very independent and capable, but still quite "young" in comparison to her peers.

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  4. Yes, I agree with you they do grow up too quickly with modern technology. It's sad, but a fact of life.
    All you can do to slow this is less screen time and more outdoor time.

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    1. So lovely to have the dry, warm weather now so that they can go outside more :)

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  5. Modern technology is a great tool, but old fashioned playtime and toys are the best! I am trying to limit screen time, and encourage my kids outside as much as possible now the weather is better! :) Popped over from MM linky.

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  6. Looks like a lot of fun, so much better than modern technology x

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  7. We have not had TV programs in our home for a little over 2 years now. We have Videos and DVDs and a wii which we enjoy together. Let children be children I say!

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    1. No TV?! I think my middle child would be in despair! Such a great idea though.....I take my hat off to you.

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  8. Oh that's lovely, and what a nice surprise for you, to not see your kids in front of a screen, but engaging in imaginative play!

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    1. Mine have always been pretty good at imaginative play but it's something that really warms my heart :)

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  10. Wow love this post Suzanne, I so hear you on the fact kids grow up far too quickly. I ban screens time regularly and often hear Beth writing down song lyrics! xx

    Thanks for linking up with #magicmoments

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    1. Thanks Jaime. Sometimes I think that they forget what they did before screens and its up to us to force the situation.

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  11. It's such a shame that there's a yearning to grow up so fast. I'm a complete convert to modern technology but am a huge board game fan too. It's nice to have a mix of both.

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    1. The old ones are definitely the best! We love a good Sunday afternoon board game fest....but they would still choose screens every time!

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  12. Bless. Yes, I do think they grow up too quickly nowadays and it is lovely to see them playing with their old traditional toys.

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    1. Before long they will be discarded for good, I'm sure. Planning to eek it our for as long as possible!

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  13. What a lovely post!! My boy loves brio...don't get rid of yours ;) I'm keeping mine forever hehe xx

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  14. I think we are going to have limit screen time but it is so difficult isn't it? We always have the TV on even when there is nothing of interest to any of us, simply more for background noise.

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    1. Gosh, so do we....my husband is the worst at this! Really trying to turn it off on occasion though,

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  15. That's fab. It's amazing what happens when the screens are banned. None of my kids have ever played with toys much, so I would find one boy reading, one boy kicking a ball around and a little girl drawing :)

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    1. Sounds perfect to me.....if mine would read then that would probably be my choice! My 3 have always done a lot of imaginative play, I'm a huge fan of that :)

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  16. What a wonderful sight to behold indeed! Just shows you how much of the little girl and boy is still in them that we almost need to fight to give space for. Its back to the Boundaries book again, isn't it? So much of it comes down to that. Setting healthy boundaries around technology that can be so addictive. Not easy though. And yes, we love Board Games or Cards on Sundays. Temple Run is the pest on our house, so we say only once every 3 days for my 6yr old son and 8yr old daughter.

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  17. Oh that's wonderful. Sometimes children just need to be told no screens and to almost 'be allowed' to free up their time to use their imagination. My daughter found her brother's old Mr Potato Head toys in the shed that we were clearing this weekend and played with it for ages.
    It's all about balance isn't it? xx

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  18. Great post and my girls love Slyvanian Families (they call it Calico Critters here) and play mobil (and yes my eldest would never admit to playing with it)! Just love it when they can spend an afternoon playing instead of watching t.v. My kids can't believe I grew up of childrens t.v programs only being on a few hours a day ie. 4-6pm and no selection of channels! How times have changed!

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  19. I agree - my 6 year old still loves playing with cars, though all his mates seem to have Skylanders these days. Not that he wouldn't like one and I sometimes feel mean but also glad that he plays with other things.

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