Time, without any concern for our opinion or well-being, flows on. It will never stop to check back on us as it keeps its steady and relentless pace to the great infinite. Like an invisible river calmly flowing to the sea of history, time will just carry us along for the ride.

What to gift to a five-year-old?

Our perception of the value of time is akin to the aged quality of wine. The older we get, the more we realize it is important to savor and not waste what we are given. The only other experience I know of that adds to this feeling is parenthood. Our children – as much as they drain us of patience on occasion – bring out the value of moments. It’s almost as though they hone our perception of what is important.

Older brother needs a little more intellectual stimulation

Some Boy is no exception to the rule. Just five short years down this river and he’s a whole little person of his own. He makes zany and crazy little comments and is meticulous when it comes to the rules. Especially when he benefits and his evil little brothers might face the wrath of daddy.


Older brother on computer while younger brothers play

As time moves on, Some Boy reaches new milestones. This year, as he went off to elementary school for the first time, I felt it was time to give him something new and advanced. Something to help set him apart from his three little brothers, as well as help push him into his next few years. A window to the world.

Big brother reading in bed

After explaining our needs to sponsor Intel, they decided that the ASUS Transformer Mini was perfectly-suited for him. It's an advanced yet simple piece of machinery, with an instantly detachable screen and keyboard perfect for a kid who finds himself in all sorts of…situations. It can be in tablet mode one minute and full-blown laptop mode the next. When he wants some quiet time away from Minion and Sidekick as they find ever-new ways to reenact a 30 car pile up, he can simply pop the touch screen off and go chill in his room for a bit. He can relax to about 30-45 minutes of locomotive and dinosaur research. As he gets older and more familiar with words, the keyboard can come into play a lot more often to advance his use, but for now he seems to be navigating just fine with the help of a fancy stylus and touchscreen. For kids advancing from pen-and-paper to a laptop, I think that flexibility to let them use it how they're comfortable is really important. The keyboard is necessary, obviously, but isn't always what they'll default to right off the bat.

Watching mom prepare the new computer

Another way we take advantage of the Transformer Mini is school work. Fortunately, Some Boy goes to a school that embraces the technological approach in an effort to save paper. Not only for the trees, but the dwindling school budgets as well. Some Boy has the ability to open his assigned book reading on the Transformer Mini and can take it wherever he feels comfortable.

Oddly enough, we already had to replace two library books because Some Boy lost them. Now, they’re all saved to files and folders on his own computer.

Asking dad a kajillion questions

Finally, the Transformer Mini – powered by Intel’s Atom processor – is the ultimate “Why” and “How” tool. Being a father, I am apparently responsible for some historic reason, for being able to recite and regurgitate the knowledge of an entire set of encyclopedias. If not dad, who else would know? To circumvent the inevitable letdown, Some Boy and I can get together with his new PC when he gets bit by that pesky wonder bug and he needs ever-so-necessary answers such ponderings as, “why do ants walk in a line like at school?”

What a kid's first laptop can help them achieve - and what features you should look for.

So, here’s to giving something special. Here’s to enjoying this river called time.

And here’s to ants, who know how to follow the leader.

It’s scent…they follow the scent.

For kids with growing tech needs, check out the Transformer Mini. It has 11 hours of battery life and all the Windows 10 features you need! It supports multiple cameras and 1080p HD for budding shutterbugs and also includes biometric password capability so their little hands can unlock it using a fingerprint instead of a passcode.

Have you bought your kids their first PC yet?