Posts Tagged ‘Kids and technology’
I was overwhelmed when my home got home and excitedly handed me a pink handmade card. Awwwww! With all the technology available nowadays, I appreciate it more when my kids present with something they made on their own. It reminds me of my growing up years, when there were no computers and colored printers, my brother and I would make cards, be it birthday, valentine or Christmas, out of bond paper. We’ll try all sorts of stuff that we learned from art class. Cut papers, melting colors, etc. It was so much fun
My kids would often tell me that they don’t give me gifts because they do not have money but the thing is, I do not need expensive gifts. I tell them that you do not need money to make me happy. This year perhaps the most valuable gift I received is the handmade birthday card from my son. The though that he spent the time (in school –take note!) to make one birthday card for me is very much appreciated.
The advancement of technology can sometimes bring a lot of disadvantages when our children are not properly guided. I love that mobile phones can make communication faster, that social networking can bridge the distance between people who are million miles away, that there is now a lot of gadgets like tablets, golf gps finder that make our lives easier. However, we need to guide our children in the proper use of technology, with all the news of crimes resulting from its use.
Likewise, we need to reiterate that we still need to have the “personal touch” when it comes to nurturing relationships with our family especially with our children and of course, our parents, who are mostly not adept with technology. Somehow having the “real presence” and “personal touch” still spells a lot of difference.
My boy came home from school one day, full of enthusiasm.
Son: “Ma, will you let me borrow your point and shoot camera?”
Son: “’Cause I signed up for the Camera Club.”
With a smile, I immediately said “Yes” without even thinking about his lack of responsibility when it comes to taking care of things. I wouldn’t dampen his eagerness. The smile that it placed on my face was priceless, knowing that I was instrumental in making him be keen on this new leisure pursuit of his. A “photographer wannabe” is what I often call myself and I guess my boy was inspired to take on the same thing.
Each time we go on vacation and even weekend getaways, I can always see his interest in taking photos. He would often borrow my camera and show me his photos as he seeks some kind of approval from me. It didn’t occur to me that he would take it on to the next level and enroll himself to a “camera club.”
As a parent, I cannot help but feel proud and excited. Parents have a role in nurturing their children’s talents and skills. Our full support will give them a boost in pursuing the whatever gifts they are passionate about. Like the flowers in our own garden, we sprinkle water everyday, enough sunlight and a lot of love and care and they will bloom on their own.
It is not all about intellect or what we desire for them but we need to keep in mind that they can only be successful if they fully enjoy what they are doing. Now and again, we will stumble upon things or situations that we often do not agree with however, we should learn to discern and consider the point of view of our children. It is their life, we are only here to guide them.
As to my boy, although I still am having second thoughts in letting him use my point and shoot camera (wink), but I am not stopping him from pursuing this interest. I’ll probably search around for some cheaper cameras like casio cameras digital or other brands.
The photo above which I named sunshine coffee was taken by son using my Nikon D3100.
Daughter will be celebrating her birthday next month, this was the conversation we just had today regarding her proposed birthday gift.
Daughter: “Mom, can I sell my cellphone?”
Me: “Huuuwaaat?”, with a stunned reaction.
Daughter: “Mom, it keeps on hanging,” she explained. “I want to sell this and buy a new one.”
Me: “Where will you get the extra money for the new phone?” I was beginning to probe knowing that this conversation will lead somewhere.
Daughter: “I wanted to ask from you if that can be my birthday gift.”
Me: I can only smile as I replied, “I’ll think about it.”
What’s with kids these days? They always want the latest, it’s not as if I can keep with buying them the fad. And to think that my daughter’s phone is not that old and it’s one of the latest. I am sure that she’ll choose a more expensive one as in the likes of an iPhone or any smartphone like the new htc incredibel s. I just wish I have the means to provide but if not, she will have to settle for what she has until we can afford a new one.
With the rise in technology, it is easy to touch base with family and friends anywhere in world. It’s amazing how we can update each other with what’s happening even if they are thousand miles away.
I remember when I was working in a multinational company, I can attend meetings set by our head office in New York, with all the regions in the world represented without me flying all the way to the Big Apple. I can even attend the meeting in the comfort of my home, and talk to other regions via the technology called Conference calling. Amazing, isn’t it?
Even when I was in the US, I keep in touch with my kids every single day via video call. Hubs, often tell me that I am an OA Mom because I wake up very early in the morning just to check on my kids. Well, aside from the fact that I have a separation anxiety at that time, it was exam week when I left them and the guilt of me not being there is killing me. Good thing, I can easily talk to them whenever I want.
Kids right now are so much into techie gadgets. Although I am a firm believer of establishing “tech free” time with my children, I also acknowledge the importance of using technology to enhance learning. I personally would want my kids to be highly skilled in using techie gadgets, I don’t really want them to be left behind since I know that this knowledge can be a great advantage to them in the future.
Of course one cannot deny the fact that these techie gadgets can be a bit pricey that’s why it really pays to have some kind of insurance especially in cases of theft or “acts of God”. Although most of these gadgets come with a warranty but in most cases these warranty provides coverage only for manufacturer’s defects while an insurance policy has a more comprehensive coverage.
Take the case of an iphone warranty, it covers your iPhone one year from the date of original purchase and the coverage will be limited to defects caused by manufacturer but nothing more. As a consumer, it gives you peace of mind to know that your property is covered for any situation especially if you really heavily on this piece of gadget. For a blogger like me, I’ll probably opt to insure my laptop since my life is basically online.
There are many types of coverage you can choose from in insuring your electronic devices, it pays to know your options.