As soon as I saw its title, I couldn't not read what came next: What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet... “Being in this situation puts us in a privileged position. ‘If we’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.” Boredom is a fantastic motivator for doing something and spurring imagination. Don’t let technology rob them of tent forts or lemonade stands or board games. Of course, activities are determined by a child’s age, but I feel for the kid who’s never learned to lie on his back and “see” animal shapes in the clouds. Dragons, dinosaurs, and unicorns are waiting to be found.
Being able to fix, create, or do things with your hands.Teach your kids to buck that temptation by learning how to do things themselves. Fix a running toilet; hang a ceiling fan; change the lightbulb on your car’s headlight...
Teach manners and focused attention.I’m convinced that training/coaching/teaching your children to completely disconnect from their phone when they’re with other people or at work is a skill that will distinguish them and set them apart from the pack.
It takes a village!
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