I want to make it clear that I am not judging other parents when I write about the things I see or hear. We all need a little help and sometimes it is hard to hear, especially from our friends.
One thing I used to do, before I had a child of course, was judge. I knew everything and since I didn’t have a kid my advice was obviously better since I had worked at a day care. Let me tell you that does NOT make you an expert, especially when it comes to your own kid. One of the main things I judged people on was their kids using electronics at a restaurant. Now, at the actual table when we are eating electronics are not allowed in my family, at home or at a restaurant. However, when you have a 2 year old and you go to a busy restaurant with a 45-minute wait…you will quickly change your stance on using electronics. Now, you might say well 20 years ago we didn’t have all this stuff so why do we need to use it now? My answer is the world is a completely different place and change is a must.
I am not saying any time your kid acts up hand them a tablet or phone. However, sometimes it is necessary. Not to mention that there are tablets out there that are geared just for kids. When my son, Slade, was two we got him the Nabi (affiliate link) tablet and let me tell you it was AWESOME. He loved that thing for 2 whole years and all of the apps we downloaded were free. There are one’s you can purchase but we did fine with the free one’s. They were all educational too. I think it is a great starter for kids when it comes to electronics. Plus, it keeps you from having to give up your phone. 🙂