Does anyone remember the movie Airbud?
You know, the one where the kid moves to a new town, he used to love basketball until his father passed away and he refuse to play anymore.
Until he came across an abandoned basketball court and a runaway golden retriever that he befriends.
He then cleans up the basketball court and starts playing basketball again. His life and spirit comes back to him.
I remember watching that movie as a kid. I loved it. I got outside everyday and played basketball because as a kid, those stories always lit a fire in me.
I wasn’t any good at basketball and I’m still not, but it’s just fun to play.
Today, kids don’t know about Airbud. They don’t know what it’s like to just go outside and find something to do to occupy their time.
They don’t know how to create a hobby or a goal to reach. (No pun intended)
All kids know today is what’s within reach and that’s their tablet.
I’m guilty of it too, my kids got tablets this past Christmas and I am bad about letting them play bc, well, that’s what they want to do.
But are we robbing them from having their own imagination and learning how to occupy themselves and have a good time without being blinded by a screen?
Yes, yes we are.
Yes I understand thats how today times are, but I will tell you, when I take the tablets away and make my kids get out and play, my kids have a hell of a time.
They are laughing, they have imaginations, they are kids, they show different sides of themselves. It’s so much fun!
Yes I know that tablets and video games are today’s world. I’m not against video games by no means. Video games help with creative thinking, if they are actually playing games you have to think in.
Heck, one of our favorite past times is to play our old school games and teach the kids how to play them. You know, the Nintendo 64, old school Mario, Zelda, 007… the good stuff.
But all in all, sitting out here this evening and watching my son playing basketball and my daughter tumbling around in the yard practicing gymnastics, I’m reminded of the movie Airbud.
Are kids today even using their imagination or critical thinking skills to be able to occupy themselves enough to detour away from a screen for 5 minutes?
The answer is simple…. NO!
I’ve seen too many times where tablets and games are to keep kids quite, instead of letting them be kids.
Is this generation of parents using screens too much as a babysitter and robbing our kids of crucial years of their lives?
When these years are over, they’re over. Like the chapters of a book, when one chapter is done it’s on to the next. You can always go back and re-read a chapter, but it’s not the same as reading it for the first time.
Let them enjoy the chapters they are in, that way they have something good to look back on.