When I Was A Kid

Growing up I was tired of hearing this from my parents and grandparents. They would say “When I was a kid, we used to (insert a seemingly outrageous situation like walk to school 9 miles, up-hill in the snow), while trying to pacify and/or minimize the frustration I was going through. But when you become an adult, a wife, a parent, you find that what seemed like an outrageous impossibility, probably happened. There were kids that walked miles in the snow just to get to school, because an education was important and a privilege not to be taken lightly.

It is a hard balance with our kids, to be open to new things, new technology and advancements, and at the same time want to instill in them a desire to work hard for what they want in life. My generation grew up without much technology and now we are fully functioning adults in a world driven by it. I didn’t have to walk to school in the snow, but I went and was present because education was important. It was my ticket out of my small town.

So how do we balance? How do we manage their technology when even their schools are requiring them to be online daily for homework assignments? Gone are the days where you looked up information in an encyclopedia or through a microfiche, hunting around for your supporting documentation. Gone are the days of reading maps or looking in phone books or even remembering people’s phone numbers. We have an app for that. We have a device for that.

How do we teach our kids that the easy road is easy but not always the right path? Especially when I Google almost everything I do and take the internet at its word. I don’t know the answer here. I am just managing one day at a time and hope I am doing it right. But I think we do need to find a balance. Because I see people, everyday good people, missing out on LIFE experiences because they are glued to their phones and tablets, and I am just as guilty of that too.