In the age of electronic marvel having a child raises the questions of what do I expose them to and when. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding screen media before the age of 18 months...WELL I EPICALLY FAILED THAT ONE! LOL. But aside from iPads, tablets, phones, etc what about his everyday toys?
When he was younger my only worry was breast pump supplies, diapers, wipes, onesies, and giving him all the love that I could. As he has grown up I have delved into the land of toys. The landscape has become unrecognizable from what I remembered as a child; and to my parents it seems completely out of this world! Everything seems to have multifunctions these days, nothing seems to do just one task. Now of course, I exaggerate for the sake of dramatics but I don’t feel I’m that far off.
Growing up I had this old hobby horse. I loved that hobby horse. I would get on top and I would bounce up and down or back and forth. I would pretend that I was a cowgirl riding in to save the town from the villain or that I was an Indian princess who was riding in to save my tribe from the silver tongued liar who aimed to take our land. (Too many westerns as a child mixed with an over heightened sense of fairness).
My mom; seeing the love that my LO (little one) has for bouncing and jumping on things in addition to his love of westerns--acorn doesn't fall to far from the apple tree; set about looking for a hobby horse for my son reminiscent of the one she bought me. Mine had long since been lost in the many moves that our family has made from the south to the north. Unfortunately to our dismay we could not find one hobby horse (within a reasonable price point) that was single function. All the ones we found either lit up, made sounds, or sang songs.
So the hunt began. I turned to my trusty phone (whatever did we do before smartphones 😊) and started searching and finally my mother came across one horse from amazon.com (Love Love Love this website! PS My #1 Mom Hack was creating and account and paying for prime membership it has saved me so much time and effort). *nonsponsored*
So I bought the rocking horse thinking mistakingly that my loving father was going to put it together 😒 for his favorite grandson (never mind that he’s the only). Boy was I ever wrong!!!! So #blackgirlmagic to the rescue my mother and I assembled it and boy was it a treat.
There is something magical for me as a parent watching my little one experience something new for the first time. Looking through this eyes with wonderment and pondering what he’s thinking as he touches, tastes, and eyes with slight skepticism a new exposure. Then add to that the knowledge that his experience was something that I lovingly put together with my own two hands, fingers, and sweat—yes there was sweat!
I know that he will encounter technology and he is exposed to electronic marvels daily but I find that sometimes the simplicity of certain toys leaves his mind open to exploring all the marvel of his mind and imagination. And the opportunity to physically put his toy together with the added benefit to play with him and watch his mind expand is like relieving my childhood all over again!
Embracing my imperfection and striving for perfection through grace.