A nation of Wimps

Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they’re breaking down in record numbers.

At times I have to admit that I agree with some of this thinking.I have two sons, aged 9 and 5. Sitting in front of the screen (limited) is still taking them away from real life experiences, and limiting their coping abilities in one respect but build other abilities. One real positive is that my 9 year old is building cities in the game Pharaoh. Not only does he have to provide food and work for his people, he needs to look after their health and safety (armies) and buildings (architects and fire fighters). It is truly giving him the ability to think in a more holistic way.  Perhaps one day he will learn how to spell Pharaoh correctly.

Read the article and let me know what you think. Email me  info@neurolabinc.com

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200411/nation-wimps

Also take a look at this Ted video, the dynamic of video games on developing youth is a fascinating topic.
Game designer David Perry says tomorrow’s videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They’ll be lush, complex, emotional experiences — more involving and meaningful to some than real life. Watch the video at the top of the page http://neurolabinc.com/?page_id=705

Alan Ahlfeldt