leap frog, little computers, pda, etc...

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leap frog, little computers, pda, etc...

Ladies,

Just wanted to compare/share your thoughts on buying our barely 3-year old kiddos leap frogs, mini laptops, DSs, whatever little computers...What are your thoughts? Good time, too early?

Seem like all the kids around us, even much younger than us, use their parent's Iphone or I-whatever in restaurants or at home. I am not judging this whatsoever because I most certainly understand that many times you have to do whatever you have to to keep the kiddos quiet and behaving! Plus, I am sure that other people could judge me for other things, too....

But, I think that it's too early. I think that it's too early because at home, I feel that the kids should still be playing with your traditional toys (legos, crayons, cars, dolls, etc) and not computers. I also feel that if I were to give my boys all the electronic stuff in restaurants, they would not learn how to behave properly without those things...so I think that I am going to hold off on those things for at least a year, at least...

I know that many of them are educational, they sure are...but.....

So what are your thoughts on this? Smile

Esther

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Caden has a Mobigo that he plays, mostly on car rides. It comes in handy when we're in the car and I don't want him to fall asleep (if he gets even a 5 minute nap it will ruin naptime/bedtime). If he asks to take it into a restaurant, I usually let him but it's not something that consumes his attention. He would still rather interact with us than play the game. Personally my feelings are the same with TV, I don't have an issue with it as long as it's not consuming all of his day. He would still much rather go outside and play than watch TV.

As far as behaving properly in restaurants - I'd much rather be sitting across from a family with a child sitting quietly playing a video game, than a child that's whining and jumping all over the booth. And honestly, there have been times when that has been my kid - I've noticed that a lot of places will bring the kid's meal out before the adults which leads to him being finished before us and let's face it - he's 3 and confined to a booth, he's going to get bored. So I definitely have no problem handing him the mobigo while I finish my meal in peace. I feel that most things are fine in moderation - it's a handheld device that I can easily make disappear if I feel that he's playing it too much, but so far, that hasn't been the case.

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Lexi has this Leap Frog computer but honestly she doesn't play with it a whole lot. Usually if she's mimicking me while I"m on my computer. I've considered getting her a Leapster for Christmas but don't know if I will or not only because Zayne would want it so I may wait a year and get them each one. Anyways, Lexi would rather play with her dolls and kitchen set than play with her electronic toys. LOL!

I am one of those moms that has apps downloaded for my kids on my Droid. It makes waiting for the doctor, sitting in a resturant, and (for Zayne) waiting for Lexi's dance class to get out MUCH MUCH easier. I figure if it's 10-20 minutes it's not going to kill them.

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Savannah uses it all - she has a Leap Frog laptop toy that we used to use in restaurants and travelling but now she uses my Droid, her cousin's DS, the computer at home and school, her cousin's Galaxy tablet, you name it. She's 3 and she can do stuff on my phone that I can't. And it's not just random scrolling and tapping. It's just the times we live in, I don't think it's too early at all. It just has to be balanced in with regular toys and outside play. She wants her own DS but it just doesn't seem to make sense to me (on top of not knowing how to use it myself) when I can get a cheap netbook for her.

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"PWammy" wrote:

Savannah uses it all - she has a Leap Frog laptop toy that we used to use in restaurants and traveling but now she uses my Droid, her cousin's DS, the computer at home and school, her cousin's Galaxy tablet, you name it. She's 3 and she can do stuff on my phone that I can't. And it's not just random scrolling and tapping. It's just the times we live in, I don't think it's too early at all. It just has to be balanced in with regular toys and outside play. She wants her own DS but it just doesn't seem to make sense to me (on top of not knowing how to use it myself) when I can get a cheap netbook for her.

I am of this mindset. Stephen loves playing games and doing flash cards on our Driods. He plays PS3 Move games with us (mainly Daddy), has a mini Vtech laptop. His preschool room has a computer and he loves it! DH and I are getting a new computer and we are going to let him have the old one and play learning games on it. I think he learns alot from it. But if he misbehaves, it is one of his privileges that he gets taken away. He still loves to play with his race cars and dinosaurs, too, so he still likes the traditional stuff as well. DH does alot of work from his phone and I work in a science field so I use technology daily. He sees us doing it and thinks he should too!

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well, ladies, looks like my boys and i are behind times then!!! Smile

maybe it is the age that we live in, for sure...i was just thinking of still trying to balance the age of technology with trying to teach the boys how to behave properly in public places without having to resort to those things, just because those things would make it easier...but I MOSTLY CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND that sometimes it is survival mode, especially when you have more than one child- heck, I have two of the same age!!!

So, cool...maybe one of these days we'll get something....probably a LeapFrog Something Rather!!!

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Honestly, as shes' getting older, the crayons and dolls (or a goofy cousin) can keep her occupied in a restaurant or at church. We eat out a fair amount and attend church weekly, but they need something. I'm a firm believer of the environment dictating behavior in children and restaurants just aren't always an environment for kids to shine. She also has teenage cousins and a teenage sister so she's around them and their "stuff" all the time. She really uses the technology at home alot, at my sister's house, or in the car, so you really just need to do what you are comfortable with. Like I said, I'm not super comfortable getting her a DS because frankly, I can't use it!! I look at it this way, at some point in time, crayons were high tech!!

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Maddison is a leapfrog fanatic! We have the "my first leaptop" and a scribble and write (letters, it comes in numbers too) she also has this buzz light year computer thingy and my pals scout and violet (also leapfrog) I think they are awesome and she loves them, she plays with them lots but they don't leave home for stores/eating out ect.

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We have a few leapfrog toys as well. Stephen has a scribble and write letter thing, an alphabet thing, ABC fridge magnets that do letter sounds and an ABC/123 basketball hoop. He loves to sing the ABCs. He learns a lot at school but I think the leapfrog toys help him at home. He can spell his name on the scribble and write and with the fridge magnets. I love it!! It is truly a personal preference.

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Jenna is quite proficient with ithe iPod, iPhone, and iPad. I wouldn't let her sit around play with just that stuff all day, but in today's digital age I do think it is good for her to have skills in that sort of stuff, as well as with crayons. One of Jenna's favorite things to do is to watch videos on my iPhone. Smile

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Esther, we're on the same page. I already know my DD will be glued to what ever the current electronic device is of the time when she gets older, I'm going to try to hold it off as long as possible!! She can play with her imagination and learning toys in the mean time. She doesn't seem to be missing out on anything, IMO.

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I think moderation is key. I think it's important for kids to be exposed to a variety of learning tools. Josh has a MobiGo and I find it's been good for him. He has a handful of games and they have all been helpful in helping him learn skills like counting, recognizing letters, etc. It's fun and age appropriate. It does come in handy during long car trips or when a little down time is needed.

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I do let Weston use my phone here and there, but I try to use it as a last resort. Today I went to lunch with a friend and he was being a bit rambunctious with his friend, but rather than pull out my phone, I got him engaged in coloring his kids menu and just kept right on him to not let him get out of control.

That said, he does like to play games on it--and I have some fun educational ones too he really likes. But I limit screen time to a short amount of time.

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I'm kind of in the middle. Sophia does not have her own device, but she has lots of games on my iPhone and I let her play them at certain times. I rarely let her play in the car, because I would rather her talk to me, look out the window, sing, use her imagination, etc. If it's a long trip, it's one thing, but I don't want her glued to my iPhone every time she's in the car (and she would be).

It's the same reason DH and I specifically chose not to get a DVD player in our car. We don't want her watching TV/movies when she's riding. I see the point on the day and age we live in but I also want my child to develop her imagination and to know how to entertain herself without a screen in front of her face. So I agree, it's all in moderation, and for me, that means not more than 30 minutes maximum per day of video game time at this age. She can get that on my iPhone so I don't really see myself buying her a Leapfrog but I haven't looked into them much to see what all they offer. I feel like I would rather wait until she's a little older.

As for restaurants, we only eat out one time per week and it is our "family date night" so we try to keep the phones put away and actually talk to each other Smile I find if I interact with Sophia I can keep her fairly entertained, and we try to go to restaurants that are at least somewhat fun for her.