- My oldest graduated from college last weekend!
- Anne’s oldest graduated from Grad School on the same day, different coast.
- My youngest asked me why I spent so much time on my devices….
What did our children do before the home computer, iPod, iPhone, and iPad? Both Anne and I have somewhat older children - recent grad school and college graduates, one attending college for the first time, in the fall and one straggler, still in high school. How did we raise our children prior to the cell phone, and for the most part, with only PCs? Imagine teaching our little ones to tie their shoes with the help of Ian's Laces - How to tie & lace shoes. Or, better yet, dttrainer the activity trainer helping special needs students with a whole gamut of different skills. Touch and Write, and LetterSchool, are apps that allow children to write the alphabet, with shaving cream, jello, finger paint and much more. Kids love to write - especially when they can use shaving cream, jello and finger paint! However, any parent knows those things are messy; you really need to be in a special mood to pull out that activity. Well, it wasn’t easy, but we did it... and despite the lack of digital devices in the house, all of our children are now thriving in this digital world. I guess they would almost be considered first generation digital natives. We didn't have cell phones when they were born, that explains the almost. All of our children graduated high school as cell phone owners and went off to college with either a desktop computer or laptop. So much has changed in just the last 25 years! Actually in just the last 5 years! It is hard to believe that the iPad was just released in April 2010 and the impact on society has been HUGE! Three events provoked this blog entry: