Use Your Imagination!

I am NOT a parent. It’s not so much a disclaimer as it is a reality. I don’t claim to know ANYthing about kids, but I WILL tell you this…kids have NO imagination nowadays. Or at least it seems so. I see all too often kids who need to be in front of the television or the computer in order to remain calm. I love the fact that my uncle only grants my cousins a certain amount of time in front of the TV and video games a week…and its EARNED!

When I was a kid, the use of my imagination was crucial to my mother as a parent. She was young when she had me, but she instinctively wanted me to know how to use my mind. Even though she was in her mid 20’s by the time I was in school…she still made it her business to make sure I used my mind. Buying me a few sets of books, including a set of Childcraft books and an World Book Encyclopedia set…was her way of giving me the freedom to seek knowledge on my own.
Asking her a question was as good as being sent to the “library” which was a cozy corner in our apartment housing a shelf with the aforementioned book sets. Games such as Junior Scrabble and Othello were there for me to play with. Yet, I had a chalkboard, plenty of chalk and paper to play school with. I owned coloring books, paint sets, crayons and all kinds of crafting materials. I learned how to use flour, water and food coloring as “play dough”. Sitting in front of the TV all day was NOT an option. We were sent to play outside and having all of the fancy toys they have now weren’t always available.

I remember…

  • ~Tap dancing with the bottle caps stuck to my sneaker soles
  • ~Playing house in the PJ’s where some of the hollowed bushes served as “rooms”
  • ~Digging an igloo behind the neighborhood clinic out of the 10ft snow drifts
  • ~Making up hand games and cheers with the girls
  • ~Having one parent take us for a walk around a neighborhood other than our own
  • ~Standing in front of the fridge playing Soul Train with the fridge magnet letters
  • ~Holding puppet shows from puppets made from socks and material

Back in MY day *I know I sound old, lol* you didnt have the common occurance where nearly everyone had a PC. No iPods to tune out our parents. No Internet to surf on when bored. No gadget for every known activity/action we need to perform daily. I know that we have advanced to this beautiful technological future, but I still think from time to time parents should tell their kids…NO TOYS…USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!