Dear LeapFrog

I was a little hesitant to post this because I don’t want to offend anyone or come across as rude. I’m sure some people are using this and loving it. I have nothing against LeapFrog in itself. We love their videos! But I have to share my views (because I really do think it’s silly) and I would really love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

Clearly I am not up to date with the kid centered electronic devices that are out nowadays. I came across this picture on social media and honestly I thought it was a joke.  I was so shocked I had to look  it up to make sure it was indeed NOT a real product and OH. MY. WORD. You guys….. This thing exist. LeapFrog has actually made a device, which they are calling an activity tracker but let’s just be honest here, it’s basically a video game in watch like fashion, that our kindergartners and first graders  can wear on their wrist to….. make them exercise? Because you know, most six year olds don’t have a lot of energy and they need encouragement to move. (?!?!)

{shaking head. confused.}

Dear LeapFrog,Screen shot 2014-12-04 at 9.25.37 PM

I can’t even….

Are you for real?

Do you understand children? Have you met a 5 year old?

Children don’t need a “reason” or a “motivation” or an “excuse” to exercise and be active. They just naturally are!

You have this marketed and designed for 4-7 year olds as a “fun way to keep kids active.” I suppose I can understand that a little, kids look at the screen that tells them to jump up n’ down and then they get excited to jump! to move! moving is fun! I love exercising! But…. don’t most children naturally love to exercise? Wy do we have to make this more complicated than it is and add screens and electronics into it?

I have a 4 year old and a 5 year old.  You can meet them if you want to witness their activity level. I have never once had to MAKE them do exercise.  Do you know that they are typically very energetic and enjoy moving their body, climbing on things, swimming from monkey bars, jumping off high rocks, rolling down hills, riding their bikes, jumping into a swimming pool, fishing with sticks, climbing up mountains, riding their bikes, playing in the backyard, running up and down the stairs, doing gymnastics, playing on the slide…

LeapFrog, I don’t know what else to say to you. I love your short videos and many of your other cute products, but this item is so far off the radar it’s just insane. Please think logically here and do your part in keeping children away from screens that are attached to their body.

Respectfully,

Samantha // Mama Notes

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

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