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?
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.
Amber and Chris 12-8-2006
Caden Lucas 8-26-2008
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.
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.
well, ladies, looks like my boys and i are behind times then!!!
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!!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Bob and Jackie
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