This weekend has opened my eyes to today’s kids. My son celebrated his seventh birthday with his very first sleepover. Yes, I welcomed three of his friends into our home for an entire night! (ps…I survived and no I’m not writing from a mental hospital!)
So what do today’s kids do for fun? (boys that is) Well there was lots of litesaber battles and a few pillow fights. What I wasn’t expecting was the amount of time they spent playing video games (each kid brought their Nintendo DS systems). They spent hours pushing buttons and laughing at each other.
While they had a blast and stayed up until almost midnight I wondered how our kids got so ‘connected!’. What happened to make believe and imagination?
Won’t you join me on Wednesday night (3/24) at 10pm (est) for my very first Twitter party about make believe and creative play!
Eco Mom Media (my newest project) has partnered with Cutie Pa Tutus and Kota Kouture to celebrate our children and their imaginations.
Want to learn more? Please visit (and register) the party page at Eco Mom Media and check out the Kool Kids party!
You could win a cute tutu or super hero cape (or a complete party pack) for you little ones! All you have to do is register and join us on Twitter on Wednesday night.
See you then!
This is completely unrelated to the environment… but talking more about having kids.
If you didn't have such an amazingly “kool bff”… would your son have some of the electronic fun stuff he has (it's not a LOT, but, it is some stuff…). I know that if my position didn't allow me to provide my daughter what I've been able to GIVE her and not BUY her… she wouldn't have what she does. Would that make her not fit in as much among her peer group already– at her age? Yep, probably.
When I saw all of the kids with their expensive toys at your house at B's party, it made me wonder… would you have bought it for him if I didn't have it? There is no way M would have a Wii, a Playstation, a DSi, a laptop, a flat screen tv in her room– all under the guise of learning…
Just something I've been thinking a lot about since I left our house. I think we have too much crap.
I think the goal in today's time with kids is limitation. If you limit the amount of time they can play the electronic stuff the imagination play will come. My boys are just as happy beating each other with their lightsabers as they are playing video games. But, I've noticed if I let them they will sit all day in front of the TV. I think they just get comfortable and don't get up. On the other hand, my brother makes 6 figures at 32 years old and insists it is because he played video games that he got his love for electronics and his skills on the computer. Just food for thought.