Noah has taken up a recent fascination with the computer, so I asked him if he’d like to learn how to use it. After all, at age three he can semi-legibly write his own name and almost color completely within the lines, so why would he not be able to grasp a complex electronic device such as a computer.
The first thing we did was talk about the mouse. I helped him see how moving the mouse also moves the pointer on the screen. I let him try, and with even the subtlest of movements as he did so, the mouse would shoot clear to the opposite side of the screen. So, I went into the mouse settings and slowed it waaaayyyy down (I always wondered why they had those slow settings. I guess now I know). Within a few minutes, he was able to move it to different buttons with ease.
Next, we learned how to click on things. The concept of clicking wasn’t hard for him at all. The ability to click without bumping the mouse off of the spot he needed to click took a little more practice. I ended up grabbing a laptop mouse which was about half the size, which made it all ten times easier for him. Once he had mastered that, I opened up the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse page, and started showing him some of the things he could do.
After that… he had no need for Dad anymore. “Dad, I don’t need help!” he chirped almost immediately. As awkward as it was for him, I let him have at it with no further instruction. And guess what? He did just fine. In fact, he did *too* fine.
So, I sat back and had a Proud Papa moment. My son was going to be an awesome little computer nerd, just like me.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS, what things have your children done at an age much sooner than you would have expected them to be able?