My just turning 2 year old has just learnt how to play ABC3 on the laptop. She can move the curser and press on the buttons she wants and loves doing it. Now we thought
this was very clever and showed really great motor skills as its hard sometimes to get that bloody curser on the things you want, i know enough computer illiterate older
adults that struggle!
So when i was on the phone to MIL and told her as just a bit on info about the day, she said she was appalled that i let her play computer games at 3 (turning on Tuesday).
I had not really thought of it that way. My MIL took it that i must leave her alone all the time and not interact with her. The truth is somewhat different.
With this pregnancy i was on bedrest for 3 months. In that time i had to try and do all manner of things to keep her occupied and i came across some kids sites where i
would print off pictures for her to colour. Some of these had games and it was handy to sit with her and do them as i couldnt get up and about at all at some times. Til
this day at 32 weeks i still get alot of pain at the end of the day and so at this time we have quiet time, which can be drawing or stories etc. Yesterday we were doing the
kiddies games again on the laptop and she said she wanted to do it and pushed my hand away. Well since then she has been engrossed and does them all herself. Once i have
this baby i will be more active and with the summer coming i am hoping to distract her away from the games, as i dont think its right for kids to be playing games all day
like a zombie.
(by the way the games are effectively learning games with alphabets, colours,spelling,numbers, repetition and creativity, not shooting games or anything of that sort!!)
If someone came to you and said that their child could do this what would be your reaction? That the child was clever, that the parent was lazy or both. Has this been a bad
thing in hindsight and encouraging her to be lazy. Whats your thoughts on young kids and computer games?