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Remember when a few badges were used to play exciting football games? Or was a chalk the essential element to go down to the park and play hopscotch? We had no computers, no tablets, no mobiles and ... we played happily!
Although it is true that our parents and grandparents told us that we had more than we needed and that when they were little they did not have so many things. It is the law of life to think that the new generations have it easier, however, in these times there is one thing clear: children get too much stimulation.
The world of childhood has been affected by the times we live in, in which leaving home without a smartphone is like leaving without shoes, or our contact with friends is mainly virtual. In the end, the whole technological maelstrom and the opportunities available to us have an impact on our children and they make them over-stimulated because:
- The tablet is the indispensable companion of many children.
- Television is another member of the family, the television offer allows them to be jumping from one channel to another without stopping to watch children's programs.
- Our children's agenda is full of extracurricular activities: English, sports, music, painting ...
- The number of toys we have at home is such that there is no room for boredom.
Our children's day to day is full of visual, physical and sound stimuli. They receive such an amount of information that it is impossible for them to channel it and manage to organize and generate their own thoughts or their own way of seeing things.
According to experts, all this excess only leads to children:
- They cannot concentrate on a game or activity because another thing or game immediately catches their attention.
- They don't want to read books or stories.
- Your vocabulary is more limited.
- They do not have the patience to do their tasks, it is difficult for them to wait and persevere in the achievement of an end.
We cannot ignore that we live in a technological age, and we cannot isolate our children and not allow them to access or use certain devices, but we can control their use and monitor what they do. We can also bring them books, games in the street, walks around the city ...
And above all, we can avoid creating an agenda worthy of a minister and not filling your day with stimuli and activities. Don't stress them unnecessarily or drive them crazy. It's okay if they get bored, in fact psychologists tell us that this way they can develop fantasy, concentration and creativity.
We may have to stop and think about how many things our children do at the end of the day, how many stimuli they receive and whether they really allow them to enjoy, learn, advance, think, grow ... In short, being children.
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