Teaching your child is a lifelong venture and one that shouldn’t be rushed.
Technology is quickly evolving how children learn and develop vital cognitive skills, empowering a new generation of parents. Today it seems as though every child has a tablet or device that’s geared towards teaching them how to learn. Where most parents see the obvious benefits of technology, many others are worried about the constant blurring of the parental lines.
Many of these detractors worry about technology playing more of a role than a tool for education. Whereas parents in the past may have spent time reading books or interacting with children, there’s an entire generation that lacks this vital interaction. Some of these parents are now older and see children growing up with technology and lacking social skills. Others say that the infusion of technology is stunting the collective imagination of our youth and it’s hard to disagree with any of these points.
One point that is undeniable is the number of parents that are using digital technology as a babysitter.
Spending less time with your child is a dangerous mistake that can culminate in your children growing up without the proper guidance and direction from their parents.
It is one thing to allow your child to spend time with their tablet or electronic device once a while, but it’s quite difficult to simply leave them for long stretches without supervision. This lack of engagement and parental direction can lead to your child to feel lost once they’ve outgrown the technology that they are learning from.
There’s definitely a flip side to this equation of course, because technology is definitely accelerating the learning curve for children today.
This is why spending time with your children is the most important thing that a parent can give. No matter what toys or technological toys they may have, they can become lost without investing time with them. There’s no way you can raise a child without using the technological tools of today, but it’s not going to do much good without spending time with them.
Teaching your child is a lifelong venture and one that shouldn’t be rushed. That’s why when you using technology to teach your child, spending time is of utmost importance. By guiding, playing and teaching them your guidance and time spent will continue to reap benefits far after your child has outgrown their tech toys and tools.
The next time you are looking to hand your child their favorite tablet or educational toy, spend some extra time with them. Take some time and embrace whatever role your child needs you to take on, and you’ll see why spending time with your child is far more valuable than anything else.