Funny thing about kids these days, actually I shouldn’t generalize…the funny thing about MY kids is that they sure like their technology. iPods, iPhones, tablets, DSi….the list goes on. You name it, they’ve got it. They’ve got it, they play with it. All. The. Time.
I know, I know, bad on us as parents for getting them all this ‘stuff’ and then complaining about it. It’s not even that I’m complaining about it. Even though they do spend lots of time on their devices playing Minecraft (sigh), they’ve also got great apps downloaded that allow them to use their strategic and troubleshooting skills to solve problems. Apps like 4 Pics 1 Word, Free Flow, Where’s my Water, Cut the Rope, Lazors and Scrabble are just of the few that help them the ‘think-while-playing.
But this year a shift has taken place. The beginning of this year, I started sharing my writing more and coincidentally Rob started taking design classes. How these simple acts of seeing mommy write and daddy draw have affected our kids I would have never been able to predict.
Now the boys are writing their own stories complete with illustrations! I mean they’re really enjoying coming up with their own stories, not just scenic drawings that they’ve done in the past (not bashing the scenic drawings, but these ones these days are really good!). They’re often asking me for ideas on a story or asking Rob how to make a comic strip conversation make sense in their drawings.
Gotta admit, I’m really enjoying these moments and the mandate that as their parents we need to lead by example has never been more urgent.
Leading by example with love,