This year, I’d like you to take part in spreading Christmas Cheer by tweaking your gift list. Can you play your own version of the White Elephant gift exchange to make sure that everyone gets the perfect gift? Let’s all make a commitment to our youth by giving them gifts that inspire. At the same time, we can pay tribute to the Baby Boomers by welcoming them into the tech sphere with spectacular gadgets. Imagine how much more delightful the internet would be with the watchful eyes and guidance of our Grandparents. Technology is becoming more accessible for this generation every day, and it is our responsibility to guide and welcome them into the community!
Hands down, the best part of blogging for me is sharing with my Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and distant relatives. They motivate me to be a better parent while offering support and encouragement along the way. Having a wholesome, family-centric social media presence is a terrific legacy to leave for the next generation. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful family that inspires this, and I don’t take that for granted. Because I’ve had such a great experience with my Facebooking family, I am happy to pass along any of my social media know-how to those that are interested. Will you do the same this season?
The important thing to consider is that I’m not suggesting that we give the Baby Boomers extravagant gifts like iPads or smartphones. Have you heard about their purchasing power? They can afford these! What I want you to do, is install the Facebook app on their new phone, send them a link to your favorite blog, or set up Skype for a chat with your kids. However, if you would like to give your folks the iPad that was intended for your child, I will not stop you! The best toys for children are the ones that don’t “do” anything. When we let our kids explore on their own, they have the freedom to become inventors.
My favorite inspirational toy shop is Mama May I. Not only do the toys easily capture Hannah’s attention, but the descriptions explain how we can play. By demonstrating the uses and then offering my focused attention for just a few minutes, Hannah quickly picks up the process and delights in repeating it on her own. To learn more about this style of learning, research Waldorf or Montessori and be prepared to be enlightened at the amazing capabilities of children. Screen time is screen time, whether it is delivered via a phone, computer, or television and the AAP warns against any screen time for children under 2.
Consider this toy suggestion from Green Child Magazine instead:
This year, we can truly contribute to making the Holidays a time for togetherness by connecting with our elders and sharing more quality moments with our children.
A comment on the Musing’s of a Housewife Grandparent Gift Guide inspired this post and served as a gentle reminder that my techy family rocks.
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