Q • I love to read my 4-year-old granddaughter classical books with beautiful illustrations and wonderful stories with great lessons. She used to adore the “Tales of Peter Rabbit,” which are exciting books, and many other classic books that all children should be exposed to in their young lives. Recently I went to visit her and asked her to bring me a pile of her favorite books, so I could read them to her. She said that she was no longer interested and that they bored her. Instead, she carries around some type of small computer and is constantly playing games on it. My daughter told me that it was all that kids wanted to do in this day and age. How can this possibly be good for her? What can she be learning? How can I convince her that books are the most prized possession to have?
From a reader • There are numerous websites that offer the classical books in either a full-length story or an abbreviated one. Ask your daughter to look for them in an online search. Some will even have animated characters of the book. Our grandchildren, 4 and 6, have this on their computers and it has been a positive experience because they can see their favorite characters of their much-loved books come alive. It brings a different and wonderful surprise. which they love. — John Ritter in Los Angeles
From Jodie Lynn • It’s always a little heartbreaking when little ones announce that something that they used to love to do is no longer of interest, especially when it comes to a long-loved tradition between them and their grandparents.
I’d like to say, “Just give her some time and she’ll move on to something else,” but since the world has shifted to digital devices that just get better every year, that may not happen.
However, the above reader’s idea is certainly inspiring. Perhaps you and her parents can find some websites that you and your granddaughter can visit on her mobile device and thus continue the tradition of reading classic tales.
It would still be fun as well as an educational experience for yourself that you could share together.
If you will give the digital world a chance, there are many avenues that the two of you could explore with her favorite stories, and you would still continue to build your tradition.
Additionally, a nondigital idea would be to make the books come alive with puppets and songs. Puppets are pretty easy to make or buy and this would only add to the books and your time together.
Can you help?My daughter is 21 and is considered a part of Generation Z. From things that I’ve read, it exactly describes her burnt-out and stress-filled lifestyle. She lives at home and tries to cope with online classes but sorely misses her professors, friends and social life. Her stress level is beyond anything that I can describe. She was looking forward to possibly celebrating a late spring break but is too frightened of germs to fly on a plane with others. How can I help her chill out without causing more frustration in her life?
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Jodie Lynn is an award-winning parenting columnist, author of five books and mother to three children. She and her family live in Wildwood.