Growing up, play time was the real deal. I was so into outdoor activities; riding bikes, playing with sand and mud, jumping sticks, hide and seek etc. My best though was ‘dufumpararo’ where we would swim in the minnie tankers that masonries would use to store water as they build. Funny how we would keep some of the ‘fish’ we found there only for them to become frogs after some weeks.. Magicians we were or so we thought. Another great game for me was ‘kalongolongo’. We would take food from our houses and cook in marmalade tins: playing house. I always loved being the mother of the house because then you get to give instructions to everyone apart from your husband.*sigh* Good old days. Now we are all grown up and adulting is real. Lol. Here we are. Where we constantly have to do things for our survival and the survival of those who depend on us. Before I digress so much, my son just asked me to buy him a phone. The boy is 3 and a half years old. I don’t remember what I was doing at 3 and a half years but either way even television time was not going down for more than 30 minutes to one hour. Digital era kids.
This is how the conversation went down.(in some blend of Kiswahili and English)
J: Mum, please buy me a phone.
Me: Why? What do you need a phone for?
J: uhmmm, I can put songs I love so that I can listen to. I can upload videos on mickey mouse and also I can call dad, you and uncle Daccon so that he can bring for me a sweet when he is from work.
Me: Please color or go outside and play.
J: Just get me one even if it is for two thousand.
Me: Save and then buy for yourself. Kids shouldn’t be using phones either way.
J: Where am I to get the cash?
Me: Exactly my point. You will have to wait and get your own cash or do extra chores and I pay you.hehe
J: Chiiwo amekasirika.(Is my child the only baby who refers to himself as if he is talking about someone else?)
Me: Pole. Nakupenda.
I feel like kids these days are so mixed up with technology and that it is having more demerits than merits to them. There have been speculations today that the use of mobile phones poses a health risk to people and it is worse of for the kids. It also leads to children who have low concentration spans because they grow up glued to the screens. Don’t you think also it may end up being an expensive affair because they may end up breaking the phone and you may want to buy another one? The same way toys just do not last in the house.
Encourage your children to go out and play. Breathe the fresh air, eat the mud, fall down a bit and just be one with what mother nature has to offer to them. As a result this will help them to exercise their muscles and keep fit. When they are learning new games like riding of bikes they are then able to learn new skills and look at the world from a different perspective. It is a fun experience as well as a learning one as they are able to discover new things that are intriguing to them. They also get to sleep better at night.
I know the title insinuates I am getting baby a phone, but not happening anytime soon. I got my first phone when I was 18 years, straight out off high school so I will just let him bond with the dirt for a while and breath in the fresh air.