Why I love my kid’s iPads

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A widely recognizable and debated topic amongst mommies, screen time! I am well aware of all the conflicting views and bad opinions about letting your children have screen time.

But..lets face it, times a changing’! In 15+ years when my children are applying for jobs, they will rely upon the use and knowledge of how to create and navigate technology. I once spent 2 hours on the phone talking a guy through how to find the internet and what eBay was…I wanted to strangle myself 15 minutes into the conversation! I am not allowing my children to grow up naive to the technological world.

My husband and I purchased an iPad mini, purely for business use. And lets face, to play all those popular words with friends, clash of clans and Facebook games on a bigger screen. Oh yeah! However, over time said iPad’s screen started to become cluttered with Doc McStuffins games, Nemo helps you count games,  and Disney reading apps. The last and final blow that turned the mommy and daddy iPad into a Mason and Brooks iPad was Netflix. We happily surrendered it, and heres my reasoning behind why I am so very thankful my children have iPads.

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  1. Interests. I want my kids to be able to explore every possible opportunity they have. There are people out there who are interested in becoming professional gamers, coders, web developers, you catch my drift. Kids should be able to have every possible opportunity to explore what they do and don’t like to form their own opinions.
  2. Cars rides, whether its a drive to the store or a 2+ hour drive to grandma’s house. iPads make the drive so much more enjoyable instead of the dreaded “are we there yet” asked a million times. Or the constant “I’m bored” said in the most winning voice that can be mustered. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand another round of the A-Z road game…                 image
  3. The coveted thing known as quiet time! As a stay at home mom of three, I crave quiet time! I need that time to collect my thoughts so I don’t have to personally check myself into the loony bin every day when my husband comes home from work. A 30 minute episode of paw patrol usually does the trick.
  4. Have you ever attempted to take a shower with kids? It never use to be an issue for me. Then I had kids. I finally understood what everyone was talking about. My daughter can down a whole pan of brownies in a matter of 4 minutes. Or cover her room in baby powder in a matter of 10. Thank goodness for her iPad is all i can say. I’d imagine I would get pretty stinky and have hair sticking up all over my head if I wasn’t able to distract her with My Little Pony.
  5. Mommy and daddy time. Sometimes i just want to have a conversation with my husband that doesn’t involve what Barbie did today. We are also that hated couple you see at restaurants whose kids have iPads. Guess what? Without those iPads, our kids would be just like all the rest. Climbing over the booths, screaming that they can’t have that ice cream the next table over was served. Yes we teach our kids manners, but come on they aren’t robots, sometimes kids like to act out. Restaurants is where our kids seem to do the most damage.
  6. Have you ever tried to clean the house with three kids attached to you? its impossible! Mason: “mom, mom, mommy, mommy, MOMMY, MOMMY, MOM!”
    ME: “What!”
    Mason: “I lost my red lego piece in the carpet, can you find it for me”
    This happens every 5 minutes….
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  7. Reality is… technology is everywhere! My son who is in kindergarten goes to a computer class twice a week at his school. Now that is a bit above my head since I learned on the old fashioned box computers. He gets to learn on a Mac… so mom isn’t really much help there. Its becoming a requirement. Coding classes are offered in high school. It’s the 21st century!
  8. Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop preformed a study and found:
    “60% of teachers observed that games foster more collaboration amongst students and enable students to focus on specific tasks.” also in the study: “>10% reported negative experiences using games, such as delayed content delivery (8%), behavioral issues with lower-preforming students (7.7%), and/or increased conflict between students (5.1%). More information about the study can be found at http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/press/educators-find-digital-games-promising-tools-in-the-classroom-according-to-national-survey/
  9. The tech industry is one of the fastest growing industries. It is projected to grow by 16.2% over a nine-year period. Why not just embrace the inevitable? Get with the times.

Don’t get my wrong, theres negatives to screen time as well. Theres negatives and positives to everything! I limit my children’s screen time per day, but the benefits out way the negatives in my eyes. My kids are smart, they still like books, toys, legos (ugh, my poor feet). They are even still sociable! imagine that. We love the outdoors and our family walks. But thank goodness for those iPads…I wouldn’t be a pretty sight to look at without them. Its not going to ruin my children to get a bit of screen time, so “haters gunna hate hate hate hate, shake it off”. Im okay with it!

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Yessss! I totally agree with you! iPads have been a saving grace for long car trips and quiet time … not to mention that my kids have learned soooo much from just being able to look things up or playing games. I’m an iPad lover.

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    1. Yes, they totally do! My son actually learned how to count via an app. They are great (:

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  2. Ashleigh says:

    I will have to agree that I love my kids tablets! They earned the money to purchase theirs {through chores and good behavior} and I’m so glad we did that. You are right, technology is everywhere. My 9 year old is learning code in 4th grade and my kindergartener also goes to computer lab 2x a week. I have no problem with my kids using their devices to research, read, write and explore. I do allow movie time in the car, but jeez, that’s a mommy life saver! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh wow! That’s so neat he gets to learn coding at such a young age. I hope mine get that opportunity

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  3. Kristin says:

    We use it a lot in the car for long road trips, it really has been helpful there!

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    1. definitely my life saver in the car (:

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  4. Tisha says:

    Oh yes! Amen to everything that you just have said in this post! Especially the car rides! It just really depends on how you regulate your kids use of ipad. It is totally a life saver!

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  5. Tisha says:

    Ahh yes! Amen to everything that you have just said in this post! Especially the long trip! It jist depends on how you regulate your kids use of ipads actually. I believe it has its benefits and it helps us moms maintain our sanity as well.

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    1. I definitely agree! I’ve seen the difference of when I forget to regulate time and how their attitude changes worse. Management is key (: thanks for stopping by!

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  6. rsrote says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you… the main point with iPads/iPods is setting limits. WE WERE that family with both kids on the screens and Mom and Dad too….you know what we were doing playing a trivia game together -so let the haters hate- even though on the outside it DIDN’T look like it our FAMILY WAS CONNECTION and we could do itwith out having to yell over the screaming kids in the next booth!

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  7. thewordhermit says:

    An interesting topic. We have two family iPads that get were getting used almost every day. As my kids have gotten older, it’s been harder and harder to limit their time on it. I think every family situation is different, but for us, there are serious negatives. Since tablets and phones came into the picture –
    our kids forget to do chores
    there’s a lot more nagging
    their grades in school have suffered
    We have had to limit screen time to weekends only, which is fine because they use screens in school all the time.

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    1. That’s a great idea! I’m a firm believer in mine should earn their screen time, so if behavior is bad then cutting it out is always a consequence. Way to go for doing that! Thank you for your input and for stopping by (:

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  8. There are some signifiant studies that published recently regarding brain development, ADD and cognitive function in school later on kids who use screen before 8. Definitely needs to be more research on that because initial findings are a little alarming. My recommendation to parents is to minimize as much as possible. I always think, “How did my grandmother deal when she wanted to take a shower?” Ha ha. Great thoughts though and I love that you seek out specific, non kid time with your hubby! Not easy to do in those stages. Great piece. Thank you for writing.

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    1. Yes I do agree more research needs to be done. There’s a lot of conflicting findings out there. I think in moderation is best, or even for rewards when they earn it. Thank you for your input and for stopping by!

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  9. Lisa says:

    I’m all for integrating technology for my children. My husband and I are both huge tech nerds, so it’s only natural that our children will be exposed to it. Would I let technology watch my kids all day while I do my own thing? No of course not. But the whole “no screen time until 6 years old” (what the AAP recommends) seems silly by today’s society. We dug up an old tablet and gave it to our 18 month old for Christmas to use for videos and educational games when needed. I taught SPED too, so I know the value of teaching with technology.

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    1. I completely agree! Moderation is great when it comes to tablets. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Janeen says:

    No iPads here but only because I haven’t gotten one yet. They share a Kindle (my old one when I bought a new one) and they sometimes they get to use my Android tablet. They both use iPads at school. My youngest in Kindergarten gets very excited when it’s iPad day. Not sure how much the older daughter gets to use her iPad at school but they’ve done some interesting things with them including movies. The only time I have issues is when it keeps them from getting to bed when they have school the next day. Then I have to put the Kindle away for awhile.

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    1. I agree with you there! As long as it’s used with structure I think they’re great! Thank you for stopping by(:

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