There’s no denying we live in a technology driven age. Everywhere you look there are gadgets and tools, bright lights and loud noises. Our kids are spoilt for choice when it comes to apps for iPads, smartphones and games. Take a look at the Christmas wish-list for most Australian kids and you’re bound to find something that needs a battery or a charger.
Sure these things have their place. The use of technology has educated our kids in ways we never could have imagined. But there is also a lot to be said for getting back to basics and adopting a more natural approach to parenting, to simplify the day and remove a lot of the chaos.
Here are five ways you can simply your parenting.
There is something special about wooden toys. I love giving them as gifts, and have even just purchased a wooden musical set for my daughter’s first birthday.
There is not a light or switch in sight and yet all three of my kids have spent more time with it than any other toy in recent weeks. It has removable triangles, maracas and clapping sticks. There are mini drums and a xylophone and honestly it’s the first thing they gravitate towards.
It’s funny that when a toy is simple it encourages learning outside of what it was designed to do. We’ve had heaps of fun making music (noise) but it’s also helped us with counting, recognition and colours.
There's just something a little bit special about wooden toys. Image: iStock.
A recent study from the UK found that today’s children are spending on average half the time playing outside than their parents were at the same age. Yep, apparently while we used to run around in the sunshine for around eight hours a week, our children are only getting out there for four. The National Trust, who was responsible for the study, also found that a simple stick was one of the best "toys" you can give your child because it encourages them to use their imagination to construct games and imagine different realities. Following from the study, the National Trust also put together a list of 50 things you should do with your child before they turn 11-years-old and 80 per cent of the activities were based outdoors.