I think one of the things that most people will notice when they come over to our house for any extended period of time is how respectful the girls are of our stuff. And by stuff, I’m talking computers, phones, cameras and any other piece of enticing, forbidden electronic equipment. They also don’t rummage in our bags or play with our wallets or keys. I don’t know that we consciously “trained” them to keep their distance, but given that they’re both fairly different in personality from each other, something got ingrained in them from an early age. Maybe it’s because they’re used to seeing me working on the computer all the time (judging from this photo, ya think?). At one point when Claudine was a baby (that’s her pictured here), she’d associate the opening of the laptop with nursing and would start to expect it when she saw me on the computer (let’s face it…nursing is a bonding experience and all, but after awhile and especially after the second one, it’s really boring just sitting there with a baby on your boob).
If you came to our house and saw where I keep my computer, you’d probably think I was crazy because I leave it on the couch at all times. The girls, however, will never touch it, ever. They’ll bounce around, wrestle and lay down or stretch out on the sofa, but they’ll stay clear of the side that the laptop is on. It pretty much hogs up its own permanent seat on the couch. I know what you’re thinking…um, the couch? Isn’t there a safer place to keep the computer? But the girls are generally “non-destructive” to begin with and I trust them around our stuff completely (ok, I lie. Once Claudine picked up my phone and threw it down on the rug).
Contrary to what this may sound like, the kids are really curious about computers and iphones and if we let them, would probably play with apps and video games all day long. Mia, in particular, seems to have the potential to be an addictive gamer given her keen interest in gaming consoles, computers and anything screen-based when presented with the opportunity, but despite the fact that many of her friends have a Wii and access to computer time, we’ve just held off. I know it can’t be for long and we’re not planning on being super hardball on it as the kids get older. I mean we totally grew up on Atari, the Commodore 64 and later, Nintendo (Summer Olympic Games on Atari, anyone?) and we came out ok (I think). So I’m curious, what are your thoughts on computers and kids? If your kids are using computers now, when did you let them tinker around?