How to Teach Kids ‘Independence’–Not!

Do you ever get the impression that our society is utterly, totally clueless?

Observe this commercial for an “icon-based watch that kids can read.” Unless you are an ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphics, that is not quite what we mean by reading.

The watch supposedly “teaches kids good habits” and “fosters independence, responsibility, and self-esteem.” Children will demonstrate their independence by doing what the watch tells them to do. As for self-esteem, there’s already more than enough of it floating around out there. Maybe the watch can somehow create a “safe space” where they’ll never see or hear anything they don’t want to see or hear.

Such good habits as I have, my parents taught me, with help from grandparents, aunts, and uncles. We called this “family.” Hopelessly old-fashioned, eh? Eventually the wise men of this fallen world will find a way to replace the family altogether.

I’d like to get off this ride now, please.


7 comments on “How to Teach Kids ‘Independence’–Not!

  1. Destruction of the family and creating cooperative little robots has been the goal for many years. Unfortunately, they appear to be making much headway. Come, Lord Jesus!

    1. The main instrument of this has been public education, including collidge. The “educators” were quite open, even boastful, about what they intended to do. See “The Messianic Character of American Education,” by R.J. Rushdoony. You’d be amazed by what these people admit to!

    2. Remember Hillary’s famous – and blatant – pronouncement during Slick Willy’s tenure in the White House: “It takes a village to raise a child’. Instantly, the picture was in focus. These people care nothing for our children, except to mold them into whatever will forward their goals. Hive mind is what they are creating. It sickens me.

    3. They won’t last one microsecond longer than the Father ordains… but meanwhile it’s kind of a rough ride for us.

  2. I have to admit that I don’t find anything wrong with this idea. I mean, as long as you aren’t relying on it to raise your kids for you, of course. I think it’s a nifty little way to get kids into a routine. They have very short attention spans and, in my experience, anything can drive stuff out of their minds and a reminder is really handy, especially if it’s right on their wrists.

  3. Not sure how I feel about this little gadget. I can see the good in it as per Laura’s reply but I also see that objects get lost or broken or whatever and there goes the whole deal. And then the parents are back at the negotiating table with a child who lacks true understanding and personal discipline. Many parents relinquish their authority and get into begging and pleading with their children to do what is needed at any given time. The Bible says that foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child and it takes a rod to beat it out of him. Children need to know their limits with their behaviour and learn what is acceptable or not. Parents need to use some sort of “rod” whether it’s spanking with paddles or time-out sessions so that junior realizes that he is not the center of the world. I hated having to discipline my kids but it’s so nice to hear others comment on my mannerly and kindhearted children. And working with your children on daily routines used to get to wearying that I couldn’t wait till they were all in bed and then I’d just sit at the dining room table looking at the four walls and then get to work on a jigsaw puzzle.

    1. No one ever said parenting was easy. But there’s already way too much technology in kids’ lives today, way too much dependence on gadgets and gizmos.

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