September 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm #9015
Television is one of the reasons we’ve joined Other Goose. We live in a small apartment with no real outdoor space to play. We didn’t plan to raise our children here, but until we get a house… Here we are. Although we often spend time outdoors, winter here is way too wet and miserable to do much outside and there are plenty of hours in any day when we’re not riding bicycles or swimming or taking nature walks. It’s just plain difficult to find healthy, interesting distractions for any of us on regular basis without leaving home or buying new toys that don’t last two hours. Plus, we’ve noticed that television (even kid-friendly, educational shows) definitely seems to create the worst attitudes in our littles (ages 2 and 4.) So, hello, Other Goose! We’re spending this season learning new ways to entertain ourselves and spend more quality time together right here on the living room floor or in the kitchen or wherever.March 28, 2020 at 5:41 pm #37986
I noticed the screen time tantrums only when my kid was using the iPad long enough to skip a meal or to put off nap time or bedtime with it.. which were normal times for a tantrum anyway.
Because of this, and how she wanted to play on the iPad when she didn’t get her way with something… I understood she is trying to cope by using a device. It’s been nice being self-isolated and having this time to discover this. Now when she’s asking for the iPad I automatically know it’s time to see if she needs food, sleep, or cuddles/interaction with me. It’s made things easier in a way! But she is allowed a few minutes to play a virtual doll house/hospital/school game on the iPad in the morning sometimes and she also has a little time at the end of the day. I am comfortable with this much use.March 30, 2020 at 11:32 am #38948
We have become reliant on the iPad as part of potty training our 3.5 year old. It’s definitely a problem that I’m not sure how to solve. Potty training has been a long process with our daughter and I think she’s about 75% trained. But now I need to get her sitting for less time and without the incentive of a game to play. Any tips or suggestions from your own experiences would be so appreciated!March 31, 2020 at 4:15 am #39443
@Emma – would a book during potty help? We did that with our toddler… it started with me sitting in there reading the book with her and slowly moving to letting her read the book herself. If she wants me to read- “sure, finish your potty and then we read on the couch”.March 31, 2020 at 9:42 am #39564
Thank you Kundhavi! When we first started potty training we didn’t really use screens, but eventually caved so we could keep her on long enough to make some progress. She has been really into a Frozen storybook my mom gifted her recently, so I will try substituting that for the iPad today. I so appreciate the reply!
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