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.