Its the weekend and you have no idea, no plans and no way to keep your kids occupied.
What will be the easiest solution ? Give them a phone, Ipad or Tablet of course.
They will be glued and be occupied for hours.
But are we really that type of parents? OF COURSE NOT.
Do we do it? I am sure we were once guilty of it or still using it as a means to keep our kids occupied.
Short Answer will be NEVER. Not until they are in high school or able to afford it on their own. But that is just me and my kids.
Like many other parents out there today, I was once guilty of giving my child a mobile device.
The boy will be glued to his tablet for hours thus giving me the opportunity to be free from “parenting”.
Let’s all admit it, parenting is the worst full-time job out there. While there are many perks and joy to be a parent, its the most demanding job on planet earth.
Even the best of parents require a break sometimes from their children
From Thomas & Friends to Paw Patrol and countless activity apps, our child will give us that space we need. But are we going raise our child that way?
Whatever happened to the good ole talks? Baking together? Trips to the playground? Or even doing errands together?
Our parents brought us up without mobile devices and we turned out fine.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against Technology or anything. But its about time we parents realise that we need to use technology in a wise way.
While the above reasons are valid and relevant in today’s world, we as parent tend to “rely” on mobile devices for some other negative reasons.
Let’s not make a list here and just reflect silently as you are reading this.
There are both pros and cons to giving your child a device, ultimately we as the parents should constantly keep ourselves in check to ensure that it used for the right reasons.
Ultimately, you may feel like your child will never be ready for a phone, or you wish you could avoid ever giving them one. (I am definitely in the latter category!) But we need to let them have them eventually. The question is ”Now or Later?”
After planning, discussing and finally agreeing to let your child have that phone. If you ever find them using excessively at home, just unplug your router.
No WIFI for everyone including YOU.
Go back to basics and be a family again without all the devices. 😛 xoxo
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