Most of them will fit in the palm of your hand. They are small. They are EVERYWHERE.
No, we’re not talking about ping pong balls.
From phones to handheld gaming devices, regardless of the kind of electronic entertainment in which your children may have their faces buried, these small devices have changed the way that family members interact with each other. It is difficult for parents to compete with the instant gratification that their kids realize from these gadgets. And if we are truly honest with ourselves, adults tend to have the same challenge. We all need to learn to unplug and interact with each other as humans from time to time!
Families need to get back to spending time together, talking to each other face to face instead of screen to screen. There are so many things that families can do to encourage the kind of togetherness that will compel everyone to put the handheld gadgets aside, so that they can plug into each other instead of plugging in to their devices.
Family game night is a first-rate option for improving interaction. And there are a variety of game options that can be tailored to family members of any age. Create a game room space in your home that includes table tennis and foosball, encouraging everyone to not only disconnect but to get up from the sofa and move a little. You are sure to find some game that can be fun for everyone.
You don’t have to permanently replace electronics with a specific activity; simply set a time when electronic devices are turned off before bed, giving everyone a chance to take care of different tasks and activities that may otherwise be overlooked.
As parents, we need to ensure that our children do not turn into little machines themselves – and that starts by setting the right example and disconnecting, too. As human beings, we thrive on face-to-face human interaction. Going head to head playing table tennis, foosball or air hockey can help maintain mental and physical skills, and we can foster the skills of being benevolent human beings, void of the constant distractions of this electronic age.