I am so thankful I had a childhood before technology took over.
In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too.
– Robert Brault
This has been a topic I wanted to talk about for a long time. We can easily get so caught up in consumerism and keeping up with the Joneses. More and more, bigger and better. And I also see how many kids, even young kids, are addicted to their screen time. Which seems to cause so much disruption in the child’s life, and the family’s.
Not sure there’s much more to say than that. But, this is definitely a critical topic that I have so much to talk about! I know I have had ongoing, frustrating conversations with the grandparents over the years about stop buying stuff for the kids. Just come and be with them. Spending time is so much more meaningful for them. I lecture them about how we’re inundated with too much stuff and even banned anything new coming into the house. We are in a consumer world, with credit to the max and homes brimming with stuff. Read more
Many self-help gurus talk about one of the major keys to success is being open. Open to whatever life brings your way, without forcing expectations you may have. As a bit of a control freak with anxious tendencies, I know that “being open” and “letting go” (of attachments to specific outcomes) is certainly an area I need to work on. I then began to reflect on what being open could do for me as a parent. I was reminded of my children’s favourite times of the year: the days I agree to a Yes day (based on the book, Yes Day). On these particular days, whatever my children ask, I respond with a “yes.” Ice cream for breakfast? Yes! Swimming and a movie? Yes! Give Daddy a makeover? Yes… and Yes! Always a fun day. I have no idea what they will ask for, so there are no expectations of how the day will go. We go with the flow, from one glorious childlike impulsive moment to another. The freedom is amazing. Hence came the decision to practice the power of yes with my children this past week.