Even Fisher-Price’s got ‘the fever, tech fever.’ Video cameras for toddlers, laptops for infants, super-realistic video games at the mall – now dash away, dash away, dash away all (video of frenzied parents dashing to stores).
I have grown up with technology infatuation, so this latest wave is nothing new for me. But I have noticed over the years that even the most whiz-bang techy toy gets old fairly quickly in the hands of a child, so it’s wise for parents to manage kid expectations somewhat to avoid spending a lot of money on a toy that is mostly hype and quickly put aside.
Of course, now I’m a grandparent, so I have a 00$ license to buy all sorts of expensive “spoil my child” toys, but I resist the temptation somewhat. In fact, this year Sarah and I are putting together cute mini-backpacks, filled with books, as gifts for grandchildren. We’ll see if our efforts pay off. If not, I’ll be out madly shopping after Christmas for auto-focus, megapixel, red-eye-reduction, multi-mode, toddler-friendly video cameras.