Nostalgia - it's a word that seems to be used more and more with every day. When only a few decade ago, the idea of reflecting on the past, meant you would fall behind in a world focussed on modernity, technology and the future; now consumers are seen to be falling in love with the old and all that that entails; more personable services, a slower pace of life and heritage based products.
But what is it about the new 'norm' of modern life which is driving us in droves towards the familiar of yesteryear - particularly where our children are concerned. Here we highlight some of the main problems and suggest some tools for combat in the fight.
1. Technology - Today's parents have lived life experiencing technology, especially computer technology, in all of its forms; from the first BBC computers at school, to a house full of devices, from smartphones to tablets to laptops.
And although this generation of parents seemed to be the first to make this technology work for them day to day, and really reap the rewards, now their toddlers are learning to swipe before they can talk and log in before they're potty trained, leaving the rest of us to try and keep our heads above the technological waters.
With this in mind, it's easy to see why parents are desperately trying to remind kids of the good old days. From playing Pooh Sticks in the woods, camping under the stars and reading books from actual... books! But we seem to be at a crossroads. How do we balance the use of day to day technology with the nostalgia from our own simpler childhood in order to benefit our children? And when does it get to a point when this constant looking back makes it difficult to embrace innovation for our future?
If you're struggling to find this balance between life and technology or you're looking for inspiration to get your kids away from their screens, look no further. How to Unplug Your Child, by Liat Hughes Joshi, is the perfect book for you. Split into seven sections, from indoor play to outdoor adventures, this book is packed full of nostalgic activities that both you and your children can be excited about. From learning new card games to making daisy chains, theses activities will allow you to strike a balance between screens and play. Want to buy this book? Click here...
2. Pester Power - I want never gets - or so the saying goes. If only it were that easy! However, we all know that it's not us that the advertisers want, but our kids, displaying sweets at the tills and expensive toys during Saturday morning tv programmes. Although we no longer live in a seen but not heard age (thank goodness) the modern struggle is keeping children satisfied with a less is more attitude. But when one is getting back late from work and finding time to make dinner, hoover the house and help the kids with projects for school, sometimes it's just easier to say yes to more than you normally would.
New Old-Fashioned Parenting, also by Liat Hughes Joshi, is a fantastic book for those wanting to parent children in the modern age without turning their kids into one of 'those children' - the sort who won't stop until they get want with little regard to your role as a parent.With chapters on how to overcome issues such as pester power, fussy eaters and stopping your kids from growing up too fast, this book explains simply what the problems are, why they're so prevalent in modern society and which parenting techniques to borrow from generations gone by , to help strike the perfect balance between the nostalgia you have for your childhood and the childhood your kids should have today. Want to buy this book? Click here...