Sad, isn’t it?
Sure my daughter likes to pretend to feed her dolls, build amazingly tall block towers, and terrorize the neighborhood in her Cozy Coupe, but no toy evokes the frenzied response of an addict quite like the Kindle.
It has been quite disconcerting to observe the ease in which she has figured out all of the electronic devices in our home. She was doing things on my cell phone that I didn’t even know it was capable of doing. And far too easily she learned how to slide the little arrow over to unlock the Pandora’s box that is our Kindle.
Of course there is nothing bad on it, as it is primarily for our son, but I can’t help but think I am somehow neurologically altering her by exposing her to the Kindle. That I am betraying thousands of years of evolution just to make my life a little easier.
But it is sometimes the only thing that will keep her sitting in one place for more than five minutes. And I have to admit, it isn’t a foolproof method either, as I found out at our year end meeting with our homeschool educational advisor. I don’t normally take her to my son’s educational meetings, but this time I had no choice, and it turned out badly for all involved. When the advisor turns to you and tells you that she will be praying for you and your strong-willed daughter to get through this difficult period, it definitely gives you pause.
Maybe I am the one who is addicted to the half hour or so of quiet that I get when she sits with the Kindle.
If there’s a 12 Step program for it, I’ll be the first to sign up.
But for some reason, I think I’m not the only parent who cheats a little with the ease of today’s electronics.
Well, if I’m wrong, then just go ahead and lie in the comments to make me feel better.