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IPad for Dad

A few weeks ago I realised I’d become one of “those” mothers.

A parent from my youngest daughter’s class mentioned to me her daughter had been putting pressure on her to buy an IPad for herself. Apparently a large number of children in her class have their own, and she was using the “It’s not fair” argument (note to children- this argument is SO old I used it myself as a child! )

I sheepishly admitted that we were one of the evil families to have given each child an IPad (mini). Which shut the conversation down a little….

I remember having a very similar conversation with a parent when my eldest started intermediate. at that point we didn’t have anything but my laptop, and I had no intention of increasing the electronic devices in the household.

Almost two years later there are laptops, tablets, ipads, and multiple smart phones.

There is a large part of me that feels the long term effects of all this electronic stimulation is still unknown and i’m possibly adding my children into the mix in terms of experimentation. I’ve seen my children work together (my youngest play minecraft on thier own devices but sit alongside each other and work together to create.), and use them to locate recipes, to communicate with friends and family.

Our primary reason for getting them was family related- with a dad living in Germany, and me travelling for work, I wanted them all to be able to communicate with us easily. Email and skype remain the simplest methods to stay in touch with us both, and while electronic communication is not the same as a dinner together around the table, it’s a good stand in when you need it.

I guess all of that went through my mind when I admitted they all have their own ipad. While it’s not a bandaid for absent parents, it certainly has meant our family still all feels connected no matter where in the world we are. For that, I’m very thankful.

About rgoodchild

Parenting and education coach, working primarily with ECE teachers, and parents of 0-8 year olds. Author of 27 published print titles, and a few e books too. Was a freelance writer Mother, business woman, entrepreneur.


One thought on “IPad for Dad

  1. It all comes down to how you use them.

    I refused to let my daughter have a phone until she was 14 but promised her it would be a good one (thinking $300). I’d see that literally every girl flowing out the school gate had phones – and better ones than I had. Unfortunately for me the bar had been raised and by the time she turned 14 and iPhones were commonplace.

    As for absentee Dads, I’m jealous as hell of modern kids. My parents had an appalling relationship and with one phone in living room and one in my Mum’s room and ridiculous calling rates my contact with my father was extremely limited and I felt totally powerless. When technology gives some of the control back to the kids it is definitely a good thing.

    Posted by Sarah (@itamer) | June 6, 2013, 6:04 pm

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