We had a lovely Saturday this weekend. I took little man swimming in the morning. It was his first one back since Christmas break and after joining the chicken pox club at the start of the New Year.
It did not go well. It wasn’t actually lovely. It started with a toddler tantrum in the changing room because i wouldn’t let him take his bunny in the pool with him. We then had 10 minutes of the class where he was clinging to me like a limpet and then the last 20 minutes spent trying to keep hold of him. Apparently he has no sense of fear at all.
I know this is a good thing but my goodness, it does make it hard work.
We then decided to go out for the afternoon to our nearest designer outlet village. We needed to get little mans feet measured and thought we would enjoy a pizza for tea at Pizza Express whilst we were out.
Now we do not go out for long periods often where little man has to sit down. The reason is that he is too on the go and I dread trying to keep him entertained throughout a meal. Especially since he doesn’t end up eating the food so you end up inhaling your meal so you can leave as quickly as possible.
But it is one of those things that you do have to do. As a parent it is our responsibility to help our children understand social situations. I can’t not ever take him out for coffee/lunch/tea etc.
We have been taking him for coffee at weekends after going out for a walk and a play. We just hadn’t taken him for tea for a while. So why not this weekend?
I went fully prepared with snacks, colouring books, pens and toys. And you know what? It wasn’t as bad as i thought. Yes he tried to eat the crayons, launch raisins across pizza express and try and use the pizza cutter from my plate to saw up the table, but we got there. No real tantrums, no dramas and no one staring at us thinking that our child was unruly and misbehaving.
Now a question I have is when is too early to bring out an iPad to keep him entertained?
A second question I have is should we all be relying on technology to keep our children entertained at all when we are out? Should we not use the opportunity to colour in pictures, make funny faces across the table and play peekaboo?
I really do not know which camp I am in. At the moment if we were to take the iPad out it may start a precedent that he will then expect it to come out all the time. When he is older I want him sat with us talking and interacting, not sitting there playing games and watching films.
How do you get that balance? Is there such thing or is it just black and white?
I would love to get your views on the technology debate and whether we are using it to now babysit our children rather than distract and entertain them….is there a difference when it really comes down to it?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO