Media and Your Kid’s Loneliness

Media and Your Kid's Loneliness

It’s always tempting to leave our kids to spend hours playing Plants vs. Zombies in front of the computer, or to just leave them on the living room couch with eyes glued to episodes of Spongebob Squarepants.  All along, we are mindlessly under the impression that our kids are fine, as they uncontrollably chuckle over Patrick Starfish’s usual stupidity.  Little do we know that struggling from within them is a cry for help masked as seemingly innocent laughter.

Various forms of media are undeniably entertaining, especially for kids with short attention spans.  TV shows and eye-straining computer games manage to enthrall them for hours on end.  They save us parents the trouble of having to come up with ways to keep them preoccupied.

The danger emerges when our kids become too dependent on media for their happiness that they subconsciously crave for good old warm parental love.  On the surface, we think they are basking in enjoyment, but underneath they are so hungry for precious mommy-time.  Kids are notorious attention-whores, so depriving them of that poses harmful benefits in the long run.

What can we do then?  Play with our kids, that’s what!  Nobody else in the world takes play as seriously as kids do, so let’s indulge them.  Whatever form of play they want, be it tapping away on a computer game or aimlessly shooting hoops in your garage basketball ring, do it with your kids.  It would mean the world to them to have mom or dad play their favorite game with them.  Playing with them screams LOVE as if you had a megaphone right in their face.  And when our kids feel loved, they feel nothing but sheer happiness.

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