Thanks guys, it's tough isn't it? It was an adult birthday in a large function room at the back of a pub. Everyone knew each other and the kids are all growing up together. No other patrons in the area and it was very casual, no tables etc.
We arrived with matchbox cars, puzzles, books crayons and paper. If DS was older I probably would have brought cards and board games. That's what I did growing up!
I'm being naive aren't I?
I'd still take all the colouring toys etc and bring them out. I'm constantly amazed at how kids are actually quite happy to play with that sort of thing if it's available. Keep the iPad in the car for an emergency.
Honestly when I had only one or 2 kids I'd bring so much stuff with us but now I have 4 I'm just grateful to get out of the house in one piece.
We went to an event at an rsl it was in a separate room from everyone and dh's aunt actually bought a few old school games for the kids to play and they had a great time
That's what's wrong with today - kids should be kids , they should be noisy , they should play with other kids cause that's what they probably want to do - they shouldn't have to sit in a corner
I really try to not hand over the iPad straight up. I prefer ds to play with cars or run around with friends, if that's appropriate. I don't think I've ever been somewhere that all the kids have Ben ipadding and not playing, though our son is 4.5 and most of our friends have kids the same age. They all love to play together still
I feel like a really old fuddy duddy! My poor kids don't have iPads or anything their school doesn't use iPads either but they do have a computer lab. I got a little horrified and I admit did a bit of judgey m'cjudgey (in convo to my DH) when I saw a little girl about 5ish sitting in the shopping trolley at a busy supermarket playing an iPad and when my bestie bought her one year old an iPad for her first birthday (all three of her children take them everywhere so they behave). It makes me a little sad to be totally honest & I hope the kids are getting equal free time to play and we just don't see that iykwim
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