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Help!! my kid spent too much time on my iPad and iPhone?

post #1 of 4
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I have a toddler and a 4 years old. They LOVE the iPad. Yet, I read so much about how iPad and iPhone are bad for the kids, such as this 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3002200/ipad-mini-will-be-bad-your-kids-discuss

 

how can I get my kid away from the iPad, I am out of brain juice. any thought?

 

Another things, both my iPad and iPhone Screen (twice) were smashed because of them. I use all sort of cases before, most cases are too big for them, and they remove it as soon as I put it on. just last night.

 

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post #2 of 4

coest--I had to delete the link to the product you're considering because it's a fundraising campaign.

 

But, to your point, I think if you just remove the screens from them and put them where the kids can't get at them, they'll adjust.  I have had to do this when our family hit crisis mode and the kids had WAY more screen time (as a means of "electronic babysitting") than I was comfortable with or was good for them (I happen to have one that gets aggressive with too much exposure to a screen).

 

So for a full week or two, they will PUSH about having screens, but if you're devoted to whatever it is you want for your family in terms of screen exposure  (none?  some? scheduled?) then they will eventually see that you feel strongly enough about it to remain devoted to your decision and they will stop asking.

 

Certainly be ready to give them alternatives.  My kids have a LOT of stuff (way too much even after I went through purging).  Books, crayons, toys, Magnatiles... you name it.  They certainly don't lack for things to do.  And in my hasty annoyance, I have been known to remind them that if they don't want to touch any of those things, I could add them to the purge pile.  loveeyes.gif

 

It's a lot of moaning and groaning.  You need to figure out what you want their life to look like and just really stick to it.  That doesn't mean you need to be nasty or mean about it, it just means you need to do what you think is right no matter how much the kids try to bully you into getting their way... much like everything else they want.

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Thanks for the tips, and sorry about the link.

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coest--I had to delete the link to the product you're considering because it's a fundraising campaign.

 

But, to your point, I think if you just remove the screens from them and put them where the kids can't get at them, they'll adjust.  I have had to do this when our family hit crisis mode and the kids had WAY more screen time (as a means of "electronic babysitting") than I was comfortable with or was good for them (I happen to have one that gets aggressive with too much exposure to a screen).

 

So for a full week or two, they will PUSH about having screens, but if you're devoted to whatever it is you want for your family in terms of screen exposure  (none?  some? scheduled?) then they will eventually see that you feel strongly enough about it to remain devoted to your decision and they will stop asking.

 

Certainly be ready to give them alternatives.  My kids have a LOT of stuff (way too much even after I went through purging).  Books, crayons, toys, Magnatiles... you name it.  They certainly don't lack for things to do.  And in my hasty annoyance, I have been known to remind them that if they don't want to touch any of those things, I could add them to the purge pile.  loveeyes.gif

 

It's a lot of moaning and groaning.  You need to figure out what you want their life to look like and just really stick to it.  That doesn't mean you need to be nasty or mean about it, it just means you need to do what you think is right no matter how much the kids try to bully you into getting their way... much like everything else they want.

post #4 of 4

The key word is  "MY" just take it away and do not give it to them. My Android phone and Kindle Fire are off limits.

I made them earn money for their own electronics since  age 7 . They are super careful with their own things.

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