Unplugging Your Kids
Parents often comment to the Children's staff how amazing it is that their children can use an iPad, cell phone, computer, or other piece of technology without even thinking about it. It’s fabulous to see how kids pick up new programs and devices so quickly; it requires a quick mind and an ability to see connections and correlations between different programs, where adults have trouble seeing them. It’s a wonderful skill set to have, but depending so much on a digital lifestyle can impede the progress of other skills which can best be developed by unplugging.
Digital games are fun, but kids who play board games and engage in imaginative play have greater problem solving skills than those who don’t. Why not check out some of the great board games
we have to offer (over 70 toys, games, and kits are available in the Children’s Department!)? While you’re there, stay and color for a while – we even have crayons shaped like LEGO bricks! We also have actual LEGO bricks to build with, a dollhouse and train table to play with, and (of course) lots of books.
Unplugging also has the benefits of improving relationships with family and friends, helping foster social skills, and reducing stress and anxiety levels. By spending time disconnected, kids have an easier time connecting to the world and the people around them.
This isn’t to say that you should be completely unplugged - social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends! – but spending some time powered down can be beneficial for everyone.