So this weekend we had a slight altercation with the iPad. Little man calls it the iPad but he actually has a kindle fire.
His grandparents bought him one for his second birthday, and he is allowed to use it on occasions. He hasn’t used it for ages, until this weekend.
This weekend, he found a game he enjoyed which was a jigsaw puzzle game, and proceeded to sit and play on it for nearly 2 hours.
We put him to bed and vowed to never let him be on a device for that long again.
Sunday morning came and he woke up asking for his iPad. He refused to eat his breakfast and went in to full toddler meltdown mode when I told him no.
We then managed to restrict his time with it so he had half hour before nap time when he was chilling on the sofa and half hour before bed. Again, when he was getting tired and needed some quiet time.
The addiction of small portable devices is ridiculous with small children. No wonder it is easier to avoid any contact with these things at all.
Now I was always completely against using them to entertain little man and said I would never let him watch much TV etc…well if I only I knew?
If only I could tell my pre child self that I knew nothing. Nothing about having a child and how precious just half an hour of him sat on the sofa watching a film at the weekend could be.
So yes I used to see the TV and the ‘iPad’ as a high tech babysitter. Now I see it as a little sprinkle of fairy dust. An opportunity to have a hot cup of tea and to catch up on social media with a chocolate bar without hiding behind the kitchen cupboard.
But playing games on them is better than watching TV all the time isn’t it? Or are they both the same? Is it equally as bad?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO