This post comes with the following warning:
Should you not wish to be subjected to a bit of a rant that may or may not contain bad language you should close your browser page now. The following thoughts are mine and mine alone. I am not a parent so these judgements are not based on my experience and are just my thoughts on the things I have seen. Please do not take offence to my comments as I respect every parents right to parent as they choose.
Tonight while watching TV hubby and I saw something that made us groan in unison. I said "You must be freaking kidding", he said "What next?".
What we saw was an advertisement for this an app for phones that teaches kids how to brush their teeth.
Now we don't have kids yet (soon hopefully) and where we live we don't have mobile phone coverage, so to me this just seems ludicrous.
I mean are people trying to get out of parenting? Are we really living in a world where we want our phones to teach our children how to do things? "Here you go son, just watch this app and it will teach you how to ride your bike/tie your laces/catch a ball/"
When I sat down and thought about this a number of things crossed my mind.
Don't you start teaching kids to clean their teeth when they get them eg when they are toddlers?
Then why would I be giving my toddler a $500 plus phone?
If I can't be bothered teaching my kids to clean their teeth what else will I not be bothered teaching them?
Are those 2 mins that I spend with my kids teaching them to brush their teeth so bothersome? I would have thought teaching your children and watching them master new skills was one of the absolute joys of parenting.
I would really love to hear what you think about this, maybe you can convince me of it's merits. Maybe I should just keep my thoughts to myself.
Feel free to let me know.