The fact that we have developed this tablet dependency, however real, does trouble me. Technology offers many wonderful benefits, no doubt. But research is replete with data that continues to underscore the damaging effects of technology on relationship building, attention spans, and our ability to think and play creatively.
If you have more than one child, you know that you're a bit more... laid back with the second. And if you have three or more, I bet you don't even know where your youngest is right now. Sometimes you even forget they're on your breast when you nurse them. Then you stand up, and -- oops! Sorry, baby! Anyway, here's some differences between the games you play with your first and your second kids.
I was a bystander in their doll games, a witness to it all. I saw the Oregon Trail from a distance, looking out the kitchen window, glimpses of three pony tailed heads and the pink wheels bumping along through the grass. I cannot bring the dolls back. But I can call up these memories, clear as a summer day on the prairie.