Distractions have become the norm in every day life. We can no longer go more than 5 minutes without checking our phones for some type of update. We can’t sit longer than 15 minutes and focus on one project before needing a break or distraction. We can’t even go to a sporting event without being entertained by something other than the sport we paid to watch. What have we done to ourselves? We can’t even relax without being distracted?
The nuisance of distractions has been bugging me for a while now. I’ve been working hard to limit distractions in my daily life and have been looking at how I can keep those distractions from my son so he can learn how to focus. I’m worried if I don’t teach him when he’s learning playing habits and how to do things on his own that I’ll miss my opportunity to keep him focused.
One thing my wife and I planned on doing from the beginning is limiting his toys because too many choices can lead to anxiety and focusing issues. For us, our son does not need every toy in the Toy-R-Us catalog to be happy. I can confidently say this because he has just as much fun with his empty diaper box as he does with his trucks.
I also want to limit his screen time. In my experience, the less I watch t.v. or spend on the computer the better and more creative I feel and I want to help my son develop healthy habits when it comes to how he spends free time. If I must use a TV to entertain my son then I’m failing him as a father. I know technology is becoming a bigger part in people’s lives when it comes to educating their children, but I don’t feel I need to give him my tablet or phone to entertain him when out at a restaurant. He can read a book, play with a small toy, or color.
Maybe I’m old fashioned in thinking I can keep my son from becoming too distracted in his life, but I want to try my best to make things easier on him as he gets older and I feel teaching him how to focus and complete something without trying to do too many things at once is the best thing I can do for him.