(Closed) Will you let your kid have an iPad or iPhone?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 76
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

urchin:  And if your kid acts out in boredom, people will judge you too. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!

Post # 77
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Will I get a two year old their own iPad?  No.  Will I let them play age appropriate games on it?  Yes.  My parents didn’t have computers growing up, didn’t stop them from allowing us to have computers in the home.  We had typing games, puzzle games, math games etc.  And *gasp* still went outside and enjoyed non technology related activites.

Post # 78
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Helper bee

lol, no. We have strong feelings about this particular topic. No phone at all till they drive, and after that, probably not even a smart phone (if they still exist). We may change our minds along the way, but that’s where we’re at now. Too much technology can be a bad thing, esp for kids.

Post # 79
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

urchin:  in my opinion that’s what coloring on the back of the kids menu is for. There are other ways to entertain kids in a restaurant. And if the alternative is less than ideal, the kid is taken to the bathroom or car for some discipline, or simply not able to go to restaurants until they’re able to act properly. 

Growing up we didn’t have iPads to entertain us at restaurants and we Survived.

Post # 80
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

MrsWBS:  … honestly, my kid will color for about 10 minutes and get bored. She’s a 2 year old.

I don’t see how her playing an educational game or *gasp* watching Dora on an iPad is so awful. How is colouring so much better???

Furthermore, I don’t know what everyone else’s 2 year olds are like, but it is INCREDIBLY difficult to reason with them at that age. “Taking her in the bathroom for some discipline” is only going to result in a much unhappier, crying child. I don’t let her get away with everything, that’s for sure, but battles need to be picked.

I’m sure those around us would much rather our kids quietly be entertained then screaming and yelling and whatnot.

If you have any magical tips on how to teach my 2 year old to “act properly,” by all means, let me hear them.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by  urchin.
Post # 81
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Buzzing bee

nawella:  IF we have kids, I think they’ll at least have a tablet.

The phone thing.. they might have to wait until the jr. high/early teen years. I don’t see the point of kids having cell phones when they’re 8 years old. At that age, they’re still being supervised by an adult, whom I can call up if I need to speak to my kid. But around those early teen years is when kids become more independent- maybe walking around the mall or seeing a movie by themselves. At that age, I would get them a phone.

 

Post # 82
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

urchin:  If you get any tips for reasoning with a two year old, please share! Sometimes I find myself trying and think I have clearly lost my mind. Lol! Redirection has been the best tool lately. If she’s getting ready to melt down in public, I will ask her anything. How old she is, her favorite color, anything to change her focus. Sometimes it works well. Sometimes it works well enough. Lol! I try to remind myself, some day I will miss this sassy two year old. Right? 

Post # 83
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

MammaPants:  Haha! That’s where I am at as well. She is so all over the place. Can’t focus for 3 seconds on anything (unless it is something naughty!). Even dressing her in the morning I have to be like, “who will be at day care today? What’s your name? What color is that? Are those polka dots on your pants?”

She’s like a squirrel on espresso!

 

Post # 84
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

urchin:  Magical tip to make your 2 year old listen:  Have her turn 4….:-)…2 year olds and 3 year olds are hard!!!

Post # 85
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mrs.Sawyertobe:  LOL! I am just waiting for the day that she is a bit older and I can reason with her a bit more. She’s a great kid, but an energetic 2 year old!

When she is 4, the one in my belly will be 1…thus I will be starting all over again with the fun of reasoning with a toddler! lol

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by  urchin.
Post # 86
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

urchin:  Mine are 10 and 6.  They usually listen now, but not always.  It’s part of being a kid!

Post # 87
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

urchin:  just my opinion and you’re entitled to yours. Was just responding since your last post was directed at comments I made previously. I’m not going to give you parenting advice, you gotta do what works for your kid and life.

 

Post # 88
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Our 10 year old does not and will not have either. She knows how to use technology but I don’t see any need for her to have these kind of things. I think it’s lazy parenting, to be honest.

Post # 89
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t have kids, but I plan on having strict rules about technology. They can certainly use my phone and iPad (with parental controls so that their usage is limited) but not unlimited. I would use these tools for educational reasons and likely a reward. I definitely plan on using time limits for it, even as a teenager. As to when my own child gets their own phone, perhaps a very simple phone for emergency calls only young, but a smartphone not until their in their adolesence. 

I haven’t read other comments, but I have a feeling my guidelines will seem kind of strict. I just don’t want them to have unmoderated use of the internet which can get them into trouble and unsafe situations. 

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