Technology has become a real issue for parents nowadays. Of course, the technological progress is a wonderful thing because it makes our lives so much easier, but when you have a couple of kids who cannot stay away from their phones, tablets and computers for a moment, then you have a problem. Not only is unhealthy, but they are totally oblivious to what happens around them. Moreover, they will be a part of a generation which knows nothing about crafts and such.
The more you think about it, the sadder it gets. As an adult, you remember all those times when you helped your parents with different projects and how much fun it was for you. You didn’t have different devices or internet. But your kids know nothing of the sort. And this is on you for the most part. Yes, the temptation is strong and the trends run fast and wild among the young, but you are the parent. Therefore, it is your responsibility as parent and as an adult to teach the younger generation about anything other than how to use a tablet.
Keeping this in mind, have you ever thought of involving your children in a DIY project? It doesn’t have to be big, or complicated, it just has to be something that doesn’t involve a touchscreen. Also, the perspective you present to your children must be appealing. Don’t present it as an obligation or something that requires hard work because you will surely lose them. All you have to do is make it seem fun and useful. They will be more open to the idea. Another bad idea is to schedule this project when they have plans, like going to the movies with their friends. Children, especially teenagers, value their time with their friends more than the time spent with you. It’s a phase, but you must respect it if you want their attention.
Once you picked a project, the next step would be making the assignments. Everyone is on charge of something. Try to listen to your kids, let them choose what to do. This will give them more confidence and, once again, they will not feel pressured to do something. Let them think it’s their idea. This is one of the wisest advice for parents. As long as a child thinks that it was his idea to do something, the pace will be much faster.
As for the fun part, tell jokes, you can make pranks (as long as it is safe) or even stop the activity for different games. Remember that there isn’t a timeline for a project. You can do it in 2 days or 2 weeks. Nobody cares, as long as you can have some fun as a family. Also, be open to ideas. Listen to your kids and when possible, integrate their ideas in the projects. Kids want to feel like their voices are heard and not ignored. So keep this in mind.
If you need to use power tools, like for a tree house for example, do not hurry to dismiss you children. They are designed to be curious, so let them watch, and if all the safety issues are met, let them try do something. But everything must be handled under your close and careful supervision. You don’t need accidents.
Once you do this, you will see that your children will more prone to do all sorts of activities with you. They will learn to do things from scratch and the time spent with you is priceless. This can be used as a family bonding time. This way, you can help them do something other than being brainwashed by social media and other things that come with technological excess. Also, they will be able to make happy memories for when they grow up. Maybe they will do the same with their children and so on. Have fun!