It is here! The Holidays are upon us and everyone is so happy and full of stress… I mean excitement! If you are like me, I am trying to get the Thanksgiving dishes done when the thoughts of Christmas stuff piles up in my head!
According to national research, smart phones are still the number one thing that our children want this year, but they also want dessert instead of dinner, a messy room and no homework would be nice! If you have done a little research, been friends with a MMM mom, or talked with a neuroscientist lately, you know that smart phones are just about the worst thing for your children/teen’s development so why give them one for Christmas?
Click here to read more about Why smart phones aren’t generally the best idea for children.
What is Santa to do if he doesn’t bring phones and screens?
Since most kids may have a screen somewhere near the top of their Christmas list (because their peers do) don’t panic, just skip over that screen and move on (Roll the soundtrack from Frozen…”Let it Go, Let it Go”!). Buying that phone, iTouch, or game is easy, BUT taking the low-tech leap at Christmas is not that hard and the rewards are PRICELESS! Let me remind you (and me) that we still make the rules for our familes, not our kids and certainly not our kids’ friends.
We hope to open your imagination and creativity (and in turn your child’s) in the area of rethinking gift giving to focus on the actual gift of childhood, teenhood and family fun. Stay with us through these 12 days of Non-Tech gift giving and watch the ideas that will spring from your own imagination! You will instantly think of perfect age appropriate gifts on each day for each one of your sweet children. Let’s give the best gifts that childhood has to offer by setting them up for rich PLAY and I promise, you both will be thankful for it later!
- Please have a specific purpose for each gift; don’t just buy random popular stuff. Have a plan!
- Understand my child’s love language. (Review Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman).
- While you are checking out books, read Play, by Stewart Brown to understand how to give children a rich PLAY history (which has been proven to be one of the most important factors for determining future success later in all areas of life.) Real play does not include screen time for adults or children.
- Don’t overdo, three gifts is fine. Keep it simple.
- Don’t think you have to spend the same amount of money on each child.
- FYI, technology should not be a gift for a child. (Smart phones and screens are for adults, not kids, tell your elves this). Oh, and Moms usually don’t like screens either for gifts, just saying… think ‘sparkly’ ideas for mom!
- Don’t give my kids your hand-me-down phones please! I know it seems like the thing to do because you are bringing my husband a new one, but don’t be tempted!
- If you think Jr. needs a screen for school, Christmas is not the time to get it and if you wait long enough the school will provide one for him.
- If you already bought my child a phone or other personal screen device (before reading this of course) you still have time to take it back before the after-Christmas return rush.
Thanks, Santa. That’s all for now. Stay tuned for our 12 Days of Non-Tech Gifting starting tomorrow!