Do you remember life before video games, smart phones, and being connected 24/7?!?! I looked around our Christmas gathering this year and it seemed like every young person was on an electronic device (sigh). The kids were playing games on phones, tablets, and game consoles. What happened to go ole’ board games?!?! I am saddened by the fact that the majority of our kids entertainment comes from an electronic device. I actually ran across a study that says, most adolescents spend an average of 25-30 hours a week watching television or using computers.
Well we are starting a new movement in our house. We are turning off the tube and taking time to create. I don’t want my daughter so distracted by technology, that she doesn’t take the time to create things with her hands (sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, crochets). If we don’t pass these skills onto the younger generation, we will lose them (man, I sound old).
Bug (my daughter) will be 5 in February, but I didn’t let that stop me from starting to teach her how to sew. Over the years, she has watched me sew various projects and seems to have a genuine interest. I knew that a particular company had a craft set that introduces a child to beginning sewing. Bug and I purchased one of these sets and the lessons began. I am impressed by her enthusiasm, her determination, and her focus. For a first time, Bug did a great job hand stitching circles and turning them into flower hair bows. She actually, started threading the needle by herself (I guess she has better eyes than me). I am so excited to pass this love onto my daughter!! When I dropped her off at school this morning, she asked if we could sew when she got home (melt my heart).
Teaching Bug is sew is a great spring-board to tell you how you might be able to reclaim your inner creativity. I am in no way endorsing this group, but I love what they are trying to accomplish. CRE8TIME is a movement that is pushing people to find more time to devote to crafting. We live in such a fast pasted society, we often don’t take the time to stop, enjoy crafting, and the joy it creates. I don’t’ know about you, but I love to just sit down without distractions and create something with my hands. For more information on this movement you can log onto www.CRE8TIME.org.
So for 2013, our house is going to spend more time creating things with our hands. I would love to have other moms out there join me. Turn off the electronics and spend some time creating. Let’s take some of these crafts we know and pass them onto the next generation. Or maybe you want to learn a new craft? If so, take the time to do it. Maybe you and your kids can do it together. It is my hope that crafting doesn’t become a lost art!