Technology

“What shall we do tonight?” This seems to be a magical question my hubby asks me every night when the little one is in bed … My general reply is that I don’t mind… Mainly because there isn’t really too much we can do while sitting in the house that is overly entertaining! Generally it ends up with him playing the ps3 or us playing on some form of technology! He asks me like he expects me to answer with the most exciting idea, like ride a unicorn or something magical! We then end up passing the I don’t kind, you choose, what do you want to do type of conversation. Sometimes I find myself thinking on how I wish how we could just go for a walk, an ice cream, a meal, cinema, anything that can be spontaneously done. Unfortunately we as mums and dads know that really isn’t possible! I mean who can just leave a 2 year old up in bed while they head out for the night!

Technology is such a huge thing, I don’t think many people would know what to do without it anymore! It’s fantastic in some ways because yes the t.v lets everyone hear the news about places all over the world, let’s us contact our friends and family in times of need or just when we fancy a catch up! I can text my friend for example and within five minutes I will generally have a reply. Without technology that wouldn’t happen, unless of course we were face to face, which would probably happen more often than it does nowadays! In emergency situations or for organising things to do its great, but is also find people use it a lot more for gossip and general chat. I have started trying to when someone is to start a conversation with me via text is invite them over for coffee so that we can really chat and see each other, but generally people are too busy, working, or want to make plans for weeks in advanced! (Which at the moment with my baby brain are generally forgotten well before they actually happen!)

Technology is great in aiding children in learning, for example with watching videos or children doing these new apps. My little one has never had any interest in doing real puzzles and as soon as you help her to build one she is walking over it destroying it.. Pretending to be a dinosaur! I downloaded a puzzle app on my ipad for kids to just see how she took to it, she loves it and asks to play it on a daily basis! I say no and try to get her to do real puzzles, but she tells me they aren’t as fun. I try making all the noises that the app does and talking to her and asking her about the picture but yet still she isn’t satisfied! Give her my ipad and away she goes doing the puzzles on this app that I never thought she would have any interest in doing and will sit there for ages doing to them! Yes it is fantastic that she is now doing puzzles and ever so slightly starting to try to do real ones it makes me feel a little flawed as a mother! She would rated sit and use my ipad for them and not have to interact with me, then have me dancing about like an idiot, making all the noises and being fully Involved with her learning! On the plus side she is learning I suppose and I think technology is something that we all just have to accept nowadays as the norm and that it is the way forward! Obviously though I like to limit how long she uses it for, what for and so forth! Wouldn’t be too chuffed if she just sat and played game with no educational thing in them!

As I’m typing this I can see my hubby throwing his arm up and will more than likely complain soon about how the other team playing against him in his game “didn’t deserve that” or something along those lines! I always find it so funny when he gets angry at his games! He gets so worked up then like most people I suppose.. Complains that the game has been made harder etc! As long as he doesn’t launch the controller at the huge t.v we have then it’s all fun & game 😀

I think as mums we have to really embrace technology and try to keep up to date with the new things and what is what! On things that can help them educationally obviously and not just what game is next to be released and what everyone is playing! 😛 I dread to think how much technology there will be in the world when my little one is grown up or in school, but I’m going to be a mum to embrace this and accept change! 🙂
What do you think about technology? Lover or a hater?

Time to go and tell my little rascal to get back to bed!
Over and out; WeeOhana x

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