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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