I bought one of those fisher price ipod docks and downloaded the fisher price apps and regularly use it to keep DS entertained while we are out if he becomes bored.
I don't see the difference in him playing with that or with a toy, or a book.
Years ago, back in the good old days Mum's often had their own Mum, sister, aunt, neighbour etc to help look after their children while they did errands. Communities ran as little tribes and everyone helped one another. These days women are expected to do it all on their own and then get criticised and judged when they try and make things a little easier on themselves.
What is better? A child bored, running around and getting into everything while Mum stresses out and becomes run down and angry...or even a smack? I prefer the ipod or ipad approach!
My DS has loved TV and computer screens since he was little. I don't let him zone out in front of it by himself all day, but he LOVES it when he does watch it. Playschool, Giggle and Hoot, Thomas....and sometimes we sit down together and watch youtube music videos. He loves Xavier Rudd and Ash Grunwald . He even loves the nat geo channel. And I don't care what others think.
For the most part of the day he is very active, plays outside, reads books, has heaps of educational toys and knows a huge amount of words for his age.
How do you know, your child might be the next Bill Gates or big TV presenter? You'd never find that out unless they were aloud to watch a screen
Everything in moderation I say....and what ever makes your job easier as a Mum.
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24-05-2012 08:53 #11
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I let my son play with my phone all the time, it keeps him happy for all of 5 mins! :-) but sometimes thats enough to get what I need done. Whats peoples thoughts on the health risks of children playing with phones? I have heard some bad things in relation to cancer risks.
24-05-2012 09:16 #14
I get my son to help wherever possible and involve him in our day to day lives, however my expectations about his behaviour are quite low...in that I don't expect him to "behave" (or any other young child for that matter). They just don't have the attention span. So I use distraction I prefer not to bring him to the post office, but when I do, there is only so much he can help with and there is a whole lot of waiting around (damn you post office - employ some more people already!!)
(P.s.: i'm not having a go at you, just genuinely curious. We all parent differently )
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24-05-2012 09:17 #15
It's all well and good to say you can teach them to behave, but a 12mo doesn't understand that at all. All they know is 'oh colours, oh I want to pick that up and try to eat it, oh there's a person I want to babble to, oh that person walked out of the shop, I want to follow them'.
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Peppa Pig on my iPhone is a life saver when out to lunch/dinner or anywhere that requires them to sit still.
24-05-2012 09:20 #17
I should add, i'm going on a really long plane flight very soon and that Ipad is going to be my BFF. I have purposefully kept it away so that the novelty is VERY strong when it comes time for the trip...and i'm going to be whipping that baby out at the first sign of boredom Judge away, fellow passengers, judge away
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24-05-2012 09:42 #19
Witwicky, I daresay you and ALL the other parents on the flight will be whipping out the Ipads, don't think you have to worry about judgements!
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