The iPad Battle

My husband and I are on opposite spectrums of the iPad (smart tablet) war. I want nothing of them in my daughter’s life and my husband thinks she should be using them as they will be the technology of her generation. With both my daughter and husband in the pro-iPad field, I had probably lost the battle before it started. Plus I confess, it is so tempting to get an extra 40 winks or some uninterrupted chores/work time, by handing the iPad to my daughter.

So battle lost, my next step was to find ways to justify the use of iPads. With one exception every article I read said NO iPAD for under twos. Steve Jobs stopped his children from using iPads! This hasn’t help me much. So I’ve finally resigned to giving a mental high five to all the parents out there with whom the force has stayed strong and who have resisted giving their child the iPAD. Meanwhile I try to bury my guilt as deep as I can.

The post below is a re-publish from the blog of one such parent who has decided taken a stand. High five mate!

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It may attract no virus (well, almost) but it invades and pervades no less than a potent virus. I call it the i-Anything, obviously referring to the host of Apple products. Usually the child likes the iPad for sheer screen size and ease of whacking things around. The iPhone comes a close second. I must admit that wife and I used to be very concerned when we would see parents with their kids in a stroller, all oblivious to what is around them as they were busy ‘cutting virtual fruits’ or destroying stacks of monkeys and pigs. We took an unwritten pledge not to do the same with our child.

i-want-ipadWell, water sure has flown under that bridge. My child, being the clever thing he is, sits down with the iPad when he wants to recover from the ‘shock’ of seeing his father go to work or waiting for his mum to return from her early morning news shift. There have been extremely futile efforts of trying to take the machine away from him. Those usually led to some very high decibel screaming and expressions of agony that made us feel like villains (see pic). And then there are those moments, when the two of us feel as wasted as zombies while the child hops around like a chipmunk on sugar, giving the iPad to our son seems like the only solution out.

Not any more! Change is here, son! iPads now miraculously disappear behind cushions and inside book racks only proving that the child demands what the child sees (parents excluded). And if at all, he remembers his long-lost companion, here are a few things that we have started doing:

– Hand him the DVD remote. He aims at the TV (switched on or off, doesn’t matter) pressing all buttons and when nothing happens, he discards the remote and moves on.

– Show him a film. Advait loves watching The Lion King, Kung Fu Panda, Hatchiko, Atlantis and Up. Any re-run doesn’t hurt.

– Just loudly say “Peek-a-boo” and watch your child engage. I don’t see my kid for sometime as he is looking for a suitable place to hide.

– Give your child some utensils and watch him / her cook. I usually gorge a lot of food TV and there is a considerable amount of cooking at home. So my cub swirls his spoon in a pan filled with a little water, cumin seeds and bay leaf and he feels like a Michelin star-worthy chef-in-the-making.

– If you parents have the time, take your child out. Nothing better than walking in the open, hand-in-hand. And you will see your child pointing out clouds, birds and that almost-obscure airplane.

– Stories! Create a character and make it up as you go. If you are good, you will see your child follow suit and build that story.

Note to my son: I know cubby, you will read this (or these) posts sooner or later. Yes, this feels like scheming. You bet your nappy, we did that! At the end, you have to remember that iDad is better than iPad!

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