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Technology for Babies and Toddlers: How do you feel about it? More
How do you feel about the epidemic of putting children with the "technology babysitter"? How do you feel about family time taken away by occupying your child with technological gadgets rather than spending real quality time with your child?
I'm not a big fan of tech toys for kids. I know they can be educational and that kids love them, but I feel there is plenty of time for them to learn how to use cell phones and computers. My husband and I prefer to teach our kids colors, letters, numbers, etc. We enjoy educating and interacting with our children. As parents, it's our responsibility to raise our kids, to teach them, to get them ready for school. We do not pass that responsibility off to technological gadgets.
I love to use technology as a tool to help teach my twins the academic basics. Whether we like it or not technology is the future and I chose to embrace it. Using a mouse or their pointer finger on the ipad/ipod touch devices, all assist with their gross & fine motor development. My husband and I sit with them and assist with the learning, we don't let technology replace human interaction. It also gives us an opportunity to bond with them and share in their learning experiences. My husband and I also schedule days and times of the week in which we allow are sons to use their electronic devices. We are able to keep them engage and excited about learning.
instead of plopping my kid on the floor with an ipad or in front of the tv, i homeschool her. my kitchen looks like a preschool. i have charts for letters, numbers, shapes, colors, weather, and a calender. thanks to all of my hard work, and efforts, my 2 1/2 year old daughter recites the alphabet, writes all of her letters and numbers, counts to 10, and backwards from 5. she also sounds out sight words. at 19 months old, she arranged her alphabet flash cards from a-z on the living room floor. all by herself! no help from mom, or coaching...she did this all on her own accord. i also teach animals, seasons, opposites, etc. i plan to homeschool both my children up to 12th grade. the schools in my area are HORRID. i looked into preschool for my daughter, and was told that she would have to be placed in a 4 year old class in order to keep up with the rest of the children. however, i'm not paying upwards of $800 a month for that. i can teach her soooo much more here at the house. sure, she watches tv everyday when i need to get things done around the house and cannot entertain her. she prefers sesame street, leap frog, and word world.
Everything is best in moderation! Our kids love to borrow our phones to play on when we're waiting somewhere or having to run errands. As long as they're not glued to them all the time (and still get outside playtime), it's all good. They do tend to get into stuff that they shouldn't though, I found this app that does a nice job of keeping them safe on our phones: Everything is best in moderation! Our kids love to borrow our phones to play on when we're waiting somewhere or having to run errands. As long as they're not glued to them all the time (and still get outside playtime), it's all good. They do tend to get into stuff that they shouldn't though, I found this app that does a nice job of keeping them safe on our phones: http://bit.ly/ruFRkl