The world is still buzzing about the closing of both Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us. For the older generations, Toys 'R' Us was a staple of childhood: going into the store, soaking in all of the toys and games, it was a mecca for a child's creativity. Times though, they have changed.
Many of today's children have been spending their downtime watching TV, playing on mom and dad's phone, tablet, computer, etc, and playing video games. This has made experts wonder if the advances in technology may be to blame for Toys' downfall. Has a child's dependency on electronics completely taken over a child's ability to play with Legos, trains, tea sets, and other creative toys?
Parenting expert Dr. Amy Alamar is on the fence about that, but she does believe that today's generation lacks the interpersonal skills that previous generations have.
"I would imagine we have yet to see the ramifications of that. We don’t know. But one thing we have seen is that kids aren’t developing interpersonal skills the way they used to. They really are losing skills like looking people in the eye, having a conversation, and that will affect their intimate relationships."
Dr. Alamar did mention that incorporating creative play at an early age can help your child develop creativity, physical skills, and cognitive ability. When it comes to both digital activities and creative play, she said that balance is key.
When it comes to Toys 'R' Us closing, I am sure that the increased dependence on technology had some part in it, but I don't think it is the culprit.
Do you think the increased dependency on electronics may be to blame for the downfall of Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us? Let me know in the comments below.