Parenting Like It's 1986 - Couple bans modern technology to inspire kids
You always hear people saying they "wish technology never existed", or "technology is supposed to make things easier, instead it makes everything even harder". That was true for the McMillan family in Guelph, Ontario, Blair McMillan, 26, and his girlfriend Morgan Patey, 27, with their two sons Trey, 5 and Denton, 2.
"It was a beautiful day and I asked Trey if he wanted to go outside," McMillan explained. "Trey didn't even look up from the tablet he was playing on and told me he didn't want to go. It got me thinking that when Morgan and I were kids, this kind of technology didn't exist and we were always playing outside."
At that point, McMillan had come to the decision to ban all modern technology from their home for an entire year.
"We packed up our computers, tablets, cell phones, flat screen TVs, and so on and put them all into storage," says McMillan. "Instead, we bought an old wooden TV, a radio, a rotary telephone, and a Nintendo!". McMillan later explained that this is how it was for him and his girlfriend growing up and they wanted to stay true to their childhood.
"As parents, we communicate more and have become way more hands on."
When asked if they will continue living like it's 1986 at the end of one year in April of next year, McMillan replied with a laugh, "Probably not."