These days, technology or electronics are definitely taking over people’s lives! Cell phones, IPods, Televisions, Video Games, etc. all consume large portions of our time. Now, communicating and simple conversations among the family is somewhat a lost cause for our generation and future generations.
We are at a point in time when families sit down at the kitchen table and don’t even communicate because we are too busy on our screens. As a parent, I would like to change this and hopefully, you will follow me.
I believe, everything a child learns in their life begins at home. Because of this, I have to always set the example because I want my son Jeremiah to grow up the best way possible. Communication is very, and I mean very, important in a child’s life. When I pick my son up from school, I’ll turn down the radio, block out any distractions that may occur and converse with my son. We talk about how his school day was; what did he learn today; how is he feeling, etc. When we are at the dinner table, I turn down the television, put away our electronics and talk about his school day. Even though my son is only 5, his dreams are huge. Because of this, I like to dig into his young mind and understand where his heart is. What are his dreams? What does he want to be when he grows up? To me, communication is always important between parents and their children. As our bond grows stronger, it makes my son’s connection to electronics less important.
I also use my time with my son to help him improve his communication skills. It is important for him to develop a great vocabulary and that can only happen when we exercise his communication skills. This ‘improvement’ in his vocabulary, comes at a cost! I have to admit I am learning to let him ‘talk my ear off.’ It is not easy! I know I have to let him speak his mind and I am learning to be patient.
So, simply said, it is incredibly important for me to listen, talk, turn off the electronics, and say I love you to my son every day of his young life. I love my cell phone and what it provides me; however, there are times I would like to get back to the old ways and just have a conversation!