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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I dare your kids being older and not having any 'issues' is a key factor in being able to behave themselves without electronics when out?

    I'm a bit confused by the double standards with kids and adults using screens (not directed at you specifically, just a general observation).

    If adult parents can use smart phones and the Internet to entertain themselves nowdays why can't kids? What is so wrong with a bit of technology in certain circumstances - as long as it (like everything else) is in moderation?

    If a kid using an I-pad for an hour or so while adults are trying to have a relaxing time is detrimental to their learning how to behave/socialise, then why isn't it detrimental for their parent to spend a bunch of time on bub hub (surely that impedes real life social interaction too?). Why is one tut-tutted but not the other?

    If a kid needs to go screen free to teach them how to deal with boredom, then does the same rule apply to their parent? Do parents force themselves to just sit on the lounge for an hour a day with no TV it smart phone, so they can appreciate being bored?
    Umm...my kids are older now, sure. But they were babies/toddlers/pre-schoolers once 😉
    There is a difference between kids and adults using technology. Kids need to develop certain parts of their brain that adults have already developed. I need to run, but there's lots of information about the damaging effects if you look for it ☺
    I don't ever sit on the lounge bored for an hour doing nothing...but man house chores are boring, some parts of my job are boring etc. If my kids tell me they're bored I don't turn the tv on or give them an ipad. I offer suggestions...if they turn them all down, then I tell them to find something or I'll delegate chores. Some of their favourite imaginative games were developed when they were bored.
    And, as a bonus...they've learnt to be able to entertain themselves in boring situations when out.
    Limited screen time and no screen time when out works for us. I'm not changing my stance on that. What you decide for your family is up to you ☺

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    My kids have not got iPads. They will for Xmas.

    Ds screams if we take him out which is very stressful. As we would still like to go out so we will see how we go.

    If my kids are unsociable I don't really care maybe they don't want to hang with your kids. Just like i don't force my kids to hug other people just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post


    - what if there were other adults at the playground who you sort of knew but didn't see that often and didn't *really* like. Would you be obliged to put your smart phone away because there were 'friends' there you needed to talk to? Or, as an adult, do you make your own decisions and play with your phone doing 'business' after making an initial polite "hello, nice day isn't it" style comment?
    In this situation, I go and play with my kids ☺ That way I can avoid the awkward interaction with the person I don't like. I find it really boring to sit on my phone at the park tbh. If my kids want to come and talk to the adults at a social event that's allowed. If they're bored and needing some social interaction at an adult function and they can't join the conversation either DH or I will spend time with the kids interacting with them. But kids do need to learn how to interact with people that aren't their friends, too. It's part of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    . If they're bored and needing some social interaction at an adult function and they can't join the conversation either DH or I will spend time with the kids interacting with them.
    What if the function was a rare opportunity to catch up with adults you see once or twice per year? Would you play with the kids at the expense of adult catch up time or would you look at other options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    What if the function was a rare opportunity to catch up with adults you see once or twice per year? Would you play with the kids at the expense of adult catch up time or would you look at other options?
    We'd either make it adults only and hire a babysitter, or I'd take my kids along and we'd interact with them as well. Sorry VP, I know you are going to try and give me a scenario where I'd say I'd take a device to entertain the kids...but in over a decade of parenting I have never done it. That's not going to change given my kids are at the 'easy to take out' stage and I absolutely do not want to go out with teenagers who can't get their head out of their phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    We'd either make it adults only and hire a babysitter, or I'd take my kids along and we'd interact with them as well. Sorry VP, I know you are going to try and give me a scenario where I'd say I'd take a device to entertain the kids...but in over a decade of parenting I have never done it. That's not going to change given my kids are at the 'easy to take out' stage and I absolutely do not want to go out with teenagers who can't get their head out of their phone.

    Fair enough. Not your posts specifically, just that this whole thread arks me up the wrong way. Its like it's posted through "hoighty toighty" glasses rather than "I wonder what valid reasons others, who could be going through different experiences to me, could have to let their kids use screens in public" ones. Which I find amusing considering we are all posting our views on the topic via our own screens.

    Maybe I am overthinking it. Maybe it's time to start a sleep training thread!

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    This thread makes me laugh. Primarily because I envisage a great number of BH-Mums staring down at their phones, reading this thread, rather than reading to or talking to their kids for example. Like me


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    Quote Originally Posted by J37 View Post
    This thread makes me laugh. Primarily because I envisage a great number of BH-Mums staring down at their phones, reading this thread, rather than reading to or talking to their kids for example. Like me


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    I post while breastfeeding, never when with my toddler.

    For the record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    I post while breastfeeding, never when with my toddler.

    For the record.
    It's still time you could be spending bonding with your baby...

    We're all as bad (and as good) as each other!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Fair enough. Not your posts specifically, just that this whole thread arks me up the wrong way. Its like it's posted through "hoighty toighty" glasses rather than "I wonder what valid reasons others, who could be going through different experiences to me, could have to let their kids use screens in public" ones. Which I find amusing considering we are all posting our views on the topic via our own screens.

    Maybe I am overthinking it. Maybe it's time to start a sleep training thread!
    Wow, that's really offensive. I've always had respect for your posts, even though you seem to rub a lot of people the wrong way. However your absolute misinterpretation of my OP is breathtaking.

    I've now re read it to see if I wasn't clear and I believe I was.

    So to be absolutely crystal clear:

    I don't really care why other people choose to let their kids use iPads. That's their parenting decision. I just wanted to know whether, in the view of other parents, it is inevitable that I was going to have to start introducing this to my son. Because when every other kid at an event has an iPad, we really have no choice but to bring one as well if we want our kid to feel included.

    I'm not going to go into any more detail about that function as it will start to become identifiable. It was a family event, the kids know each other and play together regularly. It was a room at the back of a pub with no access to other patrons.

    I've actually found the different views on this thread interesting. Thank you to everyone else.

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