Some of you may be like me. I was adamantly against Fidget Spinners. There was no way my children were going to have them. They didn’t need them. I had read reviews about them from teachers and parents alike. I thought they were a waste of money, even if they only cost $6 at Wal-Mart. I just didn’t think they were necessary.
I mean…we homeschool, so I let my kids fidget all the time anyway. I let them stand to do math, jump around to practice their letters and lay upside down on the couch to read books. What more did they need?
Then they attended a local VBS, which had invited them back from last year. They loved it last year and I thought…hey, why not! They were thrilled again this year and the volunteers had great things to say about them. My kids are always more well-behaved for others!
The last day, they were allowed to bring home their crafts from the week and my oldest son’s teacher gave them a special gift – a fidget spinner.
Oh I was livid.
I had spent months telling my children they couldn’t get one, I wasn’t buying one and they didn’t need it. And now it was just given to them! I didn’t know what to do with my emotions and processing this “gift”.
Then…my son’s teacher had extras and offered them to my other three children.
Now we had not ONE, but FOUR fidget spinners in our home.
All I saw for the next two weeks were fidget spinners.
And all I heard was “Where’s my fidget?” or “I can’t find my fidget!”
Then one day, I noticed something. Attitudes changed and emotions were calmer.
Typically when Mister Mouse is approached with something he doesn’t want to do, he screams and gets very upset. Only this time, I called him in to the living room to give him an instruction and he was spinning the fidget. After the instructions were given, he didn’t scream. He didn’t yell. He simply said, “Okay” and went off to follow the instructions.
I was AMAZED!
Over the next week I paid close attention to my children when they had their fidget spinners. I watched their attitudes and behavior and I noticed something. They weren’t so bad.
5 Reasons I Let my Kids Keep Their Fidget Spinners
- They are quiet. Contrary to what I had read in reviews, the ones my children were given were not loud. Other than hearing the air movement and friction, I couldn’t even tell they were using them most of the time.
- They are not distracting. Now, I’m not a teacher with a room full of kids, but at least for me – they are not distracting. My kids have times they are allowed to use their fidget spinners and times they are not (like during a handwriting lesson). I do not find them distracting in the car while I’m driving either.
- They really do help with FOCUS. I was seriously skeptical about their ability to help with focus. I didn’t think there was any validity to this focus claim. However, after several weeks of observation, I do believe it helps with their focus. My husband even noticed that our 5 year old was able to concentrate better during prayer time when she used her fidget.
- They are calming. Some people color to calm their nerves and some use fidget spinners. No, but seriously, I have seen the calming effect they have had on our 8 year old. He has autistic tendencies and has frequent outbursts when plans are abruptly changed. However, when he has his fidget spinner his world somehow, seems calmer…more peaceful.
- They are fun. These may be useful for those with fidgeting tendencies, but they are a toy (which is the whole reason I didn’t think my children needed them). However, there are some great positives to this toy.
- It is not a digital device, which means my kid’s noses are not stuck to a screen to help occupy their busy minds.
- They are safe. Do your research and choose one that doesn’t have the ball-bearings showing, if you are worried about those. My children have these and we love them! While some kids may collect them as fashion statements, they don’t have to be.
- There is no moral dilemma with them using a fidget spinner. In this crazy digital world, we have enough to worry about trying to keep our children safe. Fidget spinners do not have digital search engines that can bring up questionable material.
- No ad blocking needed. I’ve recently seen recent articles about the growing pornography profiles and posts on Instagram. This is why my oldest (12) does not have a phone or social media accounts. I cannot block everything and it is my job to protect his fragile and curious mind.
So, even though I was against fidget spinner for months, I have changed my mind. I have seen the difference it has made in my own children. And while I can’t make a blanket statement saying “everyone should get their kid a fidget spinner,” I can tell you what it has done for mine.
Do your kids have fidget spinners? Have you seen a difference in their attitudes when using them?