Raising Children to engage in REAL life

We had some company a while back with some teenagers… which made me thankful for the stage of life I am now in. ūüėČ

After they left I told my husband how sad it is that children, teenagers & even adults don’t know how to interact with REAL people anymore. ¬†I mean they came in looking for a place to plug their phones! ¬†They plopped down on the couches zoned into their electronic contraptions. ¬†Real conversation was foreign to them & what little they did was with a phone in hand with very little eye contact.¬†

Sad.

But the sad thing is- it was somewhat the same with the adults.  Sports update here.  Text. Facebook notification.  The list goes on.  

This is so sad to me. ¬†I don’t want this for my kids. ¬†

I mean they already ask for games on phones now… at 3,4 & 6!!! ¬†

How do we stop this?  

My husband & I have really been considering this- & how we want our kids to be when they become teenagers. ¬†We don’t want kids who have NO idea how to interact other than texting. ¬†We want them to engage in real life!¬†

We have recently been weeding out out DVD collection. ¬†We’ve realized that we want to be a learning/reading family & in order to achieve that we must do that. ¬†So slowly I’m ebaying them off- to invest in wholesome BOOKS & such. ¬†

It is so hard in this day & time- I feel like we have to compete with EVERYTHING as parents. ¬†Kids don’t get bored anymore- they are constantly entertained by the world. ¬†I refuse to give in to the world’s distractions. ¬†I will fight to deprive my children of these distractions & teach them to value the importance of their imagination & REAL LIFE.¬†

I have discovered as well (in the past couple of months) that there is no community if you are not apart of the social media aspect of things. ¬†That’s where everyone interacts now! ¬†How sad that is for so many young mothers. ¬†I’m not downing social media- totally. ¬†I can see where it has it’s good sides. ¬†But when it becomes strictly how people converse… something is wrong. ¬†I have made it my purpose to be intentional with real life relationships.

 It breaks my heart- really it does. 

Do you have any thoughts?  How do you handle things like this with your children?

 

10 Things About Me

I thought I’d introduce myself a little bit by giving you 10 random facts about myself ūüôā

Let’s get started shall we?

  1. I’m turning 29 in a matter of days :(. ¬†This partly makes me sad… just because I wonder where all the time goes. ¬†Time seems to fly by the older you get. ¬†Then I’m partly like, “thirty doesn’t look so bad after all”. ¬†*sigh*
  2. I am married to the my best friend & I kid you not- I knew I’d marry him the day I met him. ¬†I actually called my mom & said, “I’m pretty sure I met my future husband”.
  3. I have four of the most precious children & while they can wear my nerves out hourly— I’d lay down my life for them in a heartbeat. ¬†They are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
  4. I love to be outside.  Winter & I have a pretty much hate:hate relationship.  Between Spring & Fall the kids & I live outside basically.
  5. I have been pregnant for 3 years (not¬†consecutively) & I’ve been ¬†nursing for going on 42 months (again not consecutively).
  6. ¬†I¬†absolutely¬†love coffee!!! ¬†And it’s just awful that I live a bout a mile from Starbucks. ūüėČ
  7. I’m a type “A” person all the way.
  8. While I’m a type “A” person – I’m also a mother which kinda throws my type “A” off quite a bit & sometimes puts me in a tizzy.
  9. I am a homeschooling mother & I love it.
  10. I love all things natural, organic & real

That’s a little about me! ¬†Tell me about you! ūüôā