For a while now, I’ve been telling my daughter to use her imagination whenever possible. You see, for the past few months, she’s been choosing television or her Nintendo DS over playing with her imagination.
I tell her that her imagination’s way much better. She can daydream her way out of anything. She can create worlds unimaginable by others and rule them with her thought. Meet creatures and dwarfs or whatever she wishes. Become a princess or turn me into a frog. It doesn’t matter, as long as she uses it.
Since all her friends carry their electronic devices with them, it is only natural that she do the same. Trouble is, those games are like coloring books: you only fill in with color, but the outline and image is created for you. To imagine is to be creative. To know how to think and solve problems. I’ve had a handful, to say the least.
No TV Day
A few weeks ago, I planned a no TV / no Nintendo DS / Wii day. At first she thought it was punishment, but after she saw how much fun we could have together while being silly and fooling around, she came around to accepting the notion of not being plugged in to a device for a whole day.
A Helpful Friend
Her best friend, God bless her, prefers to play outside than be indoors with a control in her hand. She rides her bike, plays with her dogs and imagines anything to keep her brain busy. My daughter, although sometimes gets her way and gets her to play video games, but she’s starting to come around, and plays outside more. Be it frisbee throwing, doll playing or anything, she’s starting to see how much fun, playing outside can be.
The Perfect Balance
I’m not preaching against digital toys. I like them, so it wouldn’t be right to prohibit them, while I play them when they sleep. What I try to convey is that they need a balance. they can play with their DS’s, just to make sure they use their noggin’s also.
What do you think about this?