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Slip-Sliding Away!

I’ve lamented many times before in this space about the concerns I have, the effects all of our new-found technology is having on our youth. I worry about what our kids might be missing in the great outdoors when they’re all cooped up inside, flexing only their fingers in an up-down or side-to-side Wii motion. I worry that they are barely challenging their brains, while their little thumbs fly nimbly across the tiny keyboards of what used to be talking devices but are now mostly used to send text messages in an almost unrecognizable English language. I pine for my own childhood, remembering how much we did with so little, fearing our children are losing the know-how to “making fun”.

Will they even know what “eye to eye” means without thinking of Skype or “face to face” without thinking it is a reference to Facebook ten or even five years from now?

Because of my worries, I make a concerted effort to put my kids in situations and environments where they have to think for themselves and not let Google do it for them. To that end, my post is a little late this weekend as I’ve been busy watching my children have a great time in the great outdoors!

I suppose we could have fought the traffic and crowds and made our way to a Six Flags park only a few hundred miles away like so many other folks. After all, the forecast promised beautiful weather for us New Yorkers, this holiday weekend.

I chose to take them to our little patch of heaven Upstate, instead.

Six Flags eat your heart out! It turns out our 100% kid-made, Slip-n-Soapy-Slide provided hours and hours of wet fun-filled laughter, and entertainment and I am happy to report my worries have been replaced with faith. Faith in our kids. Great faith that kids will be kids during any era! Faith, that when removed from and relieved of, the technological pressures of text-ing, Facebook-ing and Skype-ing and left to their own devices, kids do in fact resort to using their imagination and creativity! Yes, I am happy to report it’s not gone at all.

It just lies in wait for an opportunity to burst onto the scene and show itself.

It was a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend filled with reading, puzzling, grilling and sliding! It was also a time to remember the great sacrifice of those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice that makes such a great weekend possible.

How was your Memorial Day Weekend and what did you do?

Photo Credits #1-5 Karen Szczuka Teich & http://www.takingtheworldonwithasmile.com All Rights Reserved.

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  1. May 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Awesome!

    • May 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks, Mark ~ It was so-much-fun!

  2. May 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Looks like lots of fun. I had a good weekend- got a lot done. A tad bit warm but I didn’t have a slip n slide 🙂

    • May 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Getting stuff done is good thing, Karl! Thanks for reading & commenting. It was a tad bit warm, indeed!

  3. May 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Karen – it’s good to know that all is not lost! Let the good times roll!!!

    • May 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Yes, Breida, all is not lost and let the good times roll, or slide! 🙂

  4. jen
    May 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What did I do? Flipped a canoe with my dog and self in it – thankful the girl went solo! What was I thinking?

    • May 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Oh, Jen!! Yowza! It was so hot I am sure at least Charlie was happy to get wet!

  5. May 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I love this post – thanks for the inspiration!

  6. May 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Thanks so much, Ladyfi! Coming from you that is a REAL compliment. I find your posts are to be so very beautiful and full of inspiration.

  7. May 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    This is awesome…totally AWESOME! But, I have to ask, my dearest blogging bud, where are the pictures of YOU sliding?? Hmmmm? 😉 I have to say, you would not have been able to keep me off of it! What a total blast! Okay, and last thing for today…as I compile my list of where-to’s when the day arrives we get to meet, this cabin retreat is a must, must, must. I love it, love the post, and I’m so glad you and the kids got a break from techland. As you read from my end earlier, Maycee and I truly enjoyed our weekend, too, and the computer was only on for maybe 1 hour out of the entire 72. 🙂 Much love, XOXOXOXO-SWM

    • May 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Rest-assured, my dear friend, I had my share of fun. I LOVE to take pictures but do not LOVE to be in them. YES when you make your way to these parts, it would be lovely to spend a few days there. Absolutely. I was so happy to read about your weekend as well. We are lucky. xoxox

  8. Nanna
    May 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    l can see Karen,that the kids had a lot of fun,including the dog. , lf l had gone up w/you, l would have gone on the water slide too, A GREAT BLOG.

    • May 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I know you would have, mom! Next time 🙂

  9. May 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    It looks like fun Karen. I kinda think worrying about the kids future, as related to technology may be wasted time, as it is going to change again and again over the years. My girls will be flirting with different technologies yet will seem equally pertinent to me I think…and I will worry too. Yes, its different from the way we grew up. What did our parents worry about as we grow up? Its what caring parents do. So go join the fun down the super slide! Be part of their world as they let you and they will turn out fine. Hey, look at me and my youth! Theirs your proof. :p

  10. May 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Andy! I agree, technology will continue too change again & again, faster & faster. I see it already & as fast as I try to keep up, my kids surpass me on the techno front every time. Yours will too, sooner than you think & yes, you will worry, that’s our job now, maybe not so much about what they’re doing but who or what will influence them as their access to information increases & your ability to keep up with all these devices decreases. It is a fascinating, scary process to witness. In the meantime I also agree & you can bet I’ll be sliding down that super slide with them, as long as they’ll let me. Life is too short not to. 🙂

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