Steve Jobs - The 'Low-Tech' Fathersteve jobs2

by Asif Valiji, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Everyone has heard of Steve Jobs the pioneer, entrepreneur, innovator and creator. But what about Steve Jobs - the father? Many preconceptions of legends can often be that they sacrifice their home lives for their businesses, while this is true in many cases, it's not always the case.

When I think of parents who are legends I often think of them as being all too willing to provide all the latest technology and benefits the world has to offer for their kids. I look at these parents and want to learn from them, so I recently read an article about Jobs and how his children had not used the iPad and I was surprised to say the least.

In a Telegraph article in 2014 when asked about his children, Jobs said…

"They have not used it [referring to the iPad]. We limit how much technology our kids use at home."

So often, as parents we place a strong emphasis on what we can provide for our children based on social trends - looking at what everyone else is doing and how they are doing it.

What Jobs is showing here is that a simple act of asking ourselves 'what is it our children need, rather than just what they or society want? is one of the most important things we can do for their development.

The need to provide care and good discipline for our children through this example is far more valuable than capitulating to social trends and technology.

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