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Ever wondered how your kid is the first one to decipher your smartphone or figure out a problem with the laptop ? Yes, the kids of today are much smarter and wired differently than most of us. A recent study reports that even one year old toddlers can use an iPad and by two years of age, they develop 'moderate ability'. This generation has the unique ability to adapt to technology as a fish takes to water. While we as parents feel quite proud about it and are eager to listen to their tech talk, we must never forget that there is much more that needs to be a part of their upbringing.
While I certainly encourage my kid to spend time with gadgets, I try and involve him in multiple activities that will also help him on the physical and spiritual front. Most kids enjoy a session of football, basketball or cricket. I, my husband and my kid even play cricket in the corridor of our apartment while taking alternate turns at batting, bowling and fielding. It bolsters physical development, improves their motor skills and is beneficial in the long run. I firmly believe that healthy habits are best inculcated when young and the distractions are fewer. I also encourage him to visit temples, listen to mythology and learn simple chants like the Gayatri Mantra and Hanuman Chalisa which encourages him to gain a healthy curiosity about religion.
Making him learn to love books, even though he prefers Kindle to paper (unlike me), is another habit that I am trying to instill in him. Nothing can stimulate our mind better than a good book. There is much that one can learn from the works of others as even the simplest of fairy tales have morals in them. We love the bond that we share when reading a story book together. While it does get a bit irritating when he starts asking a lot of questions instead to accepting everything that I read to him, I understand that it is good for him and try to answer as much as I can. And in a way, it also helps me improve my patience levels.
And last but not the least, we love sharing with him stories of our own childhood days. With so much having changed in the last two or three decades, he finds it hilarious when we mention the big boxy black and white TV sets we had. And he thinks that we were nuts to go out and buy separate cassettes for each movie when the songs can be downloaded on one's phone with a simple tap. Sometimes we end up rolling even as we share these moments.
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