Recently I had a friend have her ﬁrst baby and I remember seeing on her Facebook post asking questions about baby tracking apps. In my head, all I could think was “Is that a thing?”
Sure enough, that is a thing and some other techie-moms chimed in on all the best apps for tracking every BM, feeding, milestone, and other stuff. I never felt so out of touch and old. I had a two and three year old and felt outdated. We didn’t have this. We used paper and baby cries to keep track. I was sleep deprived, hormonal, and not organized. (PS. We recently got an app at Brainy Kids Place called Brightwheel that does all this, takes pictures, and can be shared with parents daily. They LOVE it)
Fast forward to now. My Mother in Law watched the kids while I went to workout the other day and showed them Angry Birds on her Nook. The kids were hooked. Before that, it had never occurred to me to give my kids an app. I’m old school. When they have to come with me places, they have backpacks with coloring books and crayons or a bucket with Magna-Tiles or blocks. I am a ﬁrm believer in learning hands on with the world around you.
There is not an app that will allow a child to experiment with the height of blocks to learn how tall a tower can be before it falls. There is not an app that will teach and engrain proper pencil grip so that they are ready to write and draw amazing stories. There is not an app that will teach them proper book orientation, page turning, and appreciation for how far they have come in the book and how much they have left to go.
There is not an app that will inspire creative learning and force them to solve their own problems in life. I encourage you to put down the smart phone, tablets, and whatever else technology you have going, and take it old school with hands on entertainment, learning, and play for your kids. You will be amazed at what they can come up with