Parenting 101: The Year of the iPad.

Ok, so maybe there are other Mamas out there who swore up and down that they would NEVER EVER be one of those parents who allowed their child to delve deep inside any electronic at a young age. I remember seeing other parents buy their 1 month old baby practically a computer and thought, WTH. Haha. Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. If that’s not you, then OK, I’ll bravely admit that this was me! I’m actually struggling to hope that there’s still a tiny part of me that STILL feels this way. But unfortunately, NOT! Haha.

I’ve given in Ya’ll. ALL THE WAY IN! My almost 2 year old has his very own iPad and I’m guilty of this! If I must admit, I got him his own iPad so that he wouldn’t live on mine (an iPad pro 12.9 inch with the pen and all–so you can only imagine how enticing that is for a toddler), which I use daily. But secondly, I purchased this for him because I realized just how much he enjoyed learning on it.

I’ve purchased a handful of apps that has been aiding in his whole learning experience and it has been great. I truly enjoy being a part of the learning experience with him as he swiftly swipes his little fingers across the 7.9 inch screen and keenly directs for me to begin with his eyes once it’s my turn to continue the game. It’s super fun! It’s rather cool!Now, I’m not sure if it’s because he’s a boy, but finding toys that grabs his attention passed 2 minutes is HARD YA’LL!

So when I saw that he enjoyed being on the iPad, I just went in for the kill. Granted, I will definitely continue to monitor him on technology, especially as he gets older. However, for now, I’m loving it!

I chose to go the least expensive route for him since he’s just a toddler and nothing is truly guaranteed to remain in it’s workable condition when it comes to them at this age. haha! Therefore, I chose to purchase the iPad Mini 4. It’s SO cute and is the perfect size for him and his little hands. Plus, it’s great in speed and simple to use, since he’s already accustomed to using my iPhone. As you can see, I paired it up with a cute little light blue case (in which I found on Amazon for about $10), which does an awesome job of protecting the iPad from all the hits and bruises that can occur during any typical day with a toddler. The iPad is fairly affordable (or at least in my opinion since I’m an Apple fan and believe that their products are worth it and lasts long) at a price of $399 and you can take a look for yourself: Click here!

I’ve realized that parenting does not have definite things that you do or don’t do when it comes to things like this. Every child is different and with every different child is a different solution. 

All in all, I enjoy seeing my little guy being so visual and into the arts. He loves dancing, music, sing-alongs, and interactive games on his iPad as well as with his handful of favorite toys. He’s become a great kicker with his soccer ball as well. I know, I’m such a proud Mama! Sorry Ya’ll! Haha.

What are your thoughts? Would you or have you given any electronics to your toddler? Do you prefer the old fashion way of learning? 

Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading, liking, and sharing.

Xx♥, S.

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28 Comments

  1. amixedbag

    LOL, it’s so true. It’s funny how pre-parenthood, it’s so easy to say that ‘this is the right thing to do’ or ‘I’ll never do that’, etc. But when faced with a toddler bouncing off the walls while having chores and other things to tend to, it gets WAY harder. I’m always amazed by my friends who are super strict with their kids and never give in, I just don’t have the persistence and discipline to do that. So we’ve been guilty of letting our kid watch cartoons just so that we have a bit of downtime.

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Omg! Yes, it’s so true! I’m learning in parenthood that judgements are everywhere (including with myself) but that in reality things just don’t go the way you’d think or hope. I do the same thing with my son by letting him watch cartoons just to get a bit of work down or down time. Haha. Sometimes I still feel guilty but if I don’t do it then how will I get any time. It’s definitely so tough trying to be a parent. There’s a son manual on this thing. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! 🙂

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  2. Marine Lucas

    I don’t have kids but I totally agree with you? I’ve seen so many parents around me saying “I will never let him an iPad” and ended up letting them watch some shows for hours on it.
    It can be a great tool to learn and expend their creativity so thumbs to you for finding the balance ! 🙂

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Thanks so much Marine. Yes, I’ve realized that’s it’s so easy to say I’ll never do this or that but the reality is you just might. It’s definitely about a balance and while I don’t always get it right, I can admit that it’s a learning curve. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Haha! Yes, I knew that this is a rather controversial topic, but I’m happy to have been able to be transparent about it. I totally agree that it’s inevitable. I definitely think that it’s important to keep things balanced and it’s a good thing to give them exposure to as much method to learning as possible. Thank so much for sharing! 🙂

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Haha! Yes, my son definitely enjoys those things as well—actually much more than being on his iPad. I definitely think that it’s important to keep things balanced and it’s a good thing to give them exposure to as much method to learning as possible. But he does read books a lot, plays with a few toys that he finds interesting still, and love being outside. Thank so much for commenting! 🙂

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      1. Jenn

        Great! I am always so conflicted about how to effectively use things like the iPad in my son’s development. He’s so young right now, so it’s not even in the picture. However, we won’t be able to escape it, since he sees us on ours a lot!

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      2. OrchidsAndSweetTea

        Yes, I felt the exact same way and I tried buying tons of toys to avoid it, but I then realized that my son had a natural gravitation towards electronics because of the nursery rhymer being similar to hi favorite books and the interaction in certain games that teaches him his ABC, Numbers, Colors, etc. I guess it just really depend on your child and their personality. My son is super visual so this works for him. But a I mentioned, a well rounded learning method is the best. Jut trust your gut! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Haha! Yes, I knew that this is a rather controversial topic, but I’m happy to have been able to be transparent about it. Welcome to the club! I’m happy to know that I’m able to bring some comfort to others who allow the same thing! Thank so much for sharing! 🙂

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Haha! Yes, I knew that this is a rather controversial topic, but I’m happy to have been able to be transparent about it. I totally understand and I definitely agree that book, outdoors, and other ways are super important in a child’s learning process. My son definitely enjoys thee things as well—actually much more than being on his iPad. I definitely think that it’s important to keep things balanced and it’s a good thing to give them exposure to as much method to learning as possible. Thank so much for sharing! 🙂

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  3. Dreamer Achiever

    There are so many apps for learning that I would be sad if kids couldn’t use all the technology. You can learn everything from coding to chemistry and languages via iPad apps. I wish more parents (and adults in general) would understand this. I think some people assume that only thing that you can do is playing some unproductive time-consuming games with them but that’s actually the opposite – there thousands of apps designed for learning. And actually, those are even used in schools!

    Of course, it’s important to have other things in live too and have a nice balance between them but I personally believe that giving tech to children is good for their future. They can learn a lot, and technology will a big part of their lives in future for sure.

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Ye, I so agree with you! It’s definitely a good thing for kids and adult to use technology. I actually plan on introducing coding to my son once he’s old enough to understand it among other things. I guess everyone has their own opinion on it and that’s absolutely fine. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  4. Jasmin N

    HA, this was such a fun read!
    I’m one of those parents who doesn’t want to introduce iPads or other electronic devices at too young age. Maybe then, when we’re learning letters and numbers so we can use the apps that are specifically made for learning new things like that. But when my kiddo is bored, the first thing that’ll pop into my mind is not to give him an iPad 😀

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    1. OrchidsAndSweetTea

      Haha! Yes, I knew that this is a rather controversial topic, but I’m happy to have been able to be transparent about it. It’s so refreshing to here from a parent who chooses not to introduce electronics. I totally understand and yes I do agree that using it for learning purposes is a better option. Thank so much for sharing! 🙂

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  5. Anastasia Nicole

    Great post. All of my friend with toddlers break out the ipad or the phone every now and then for a few minutes of calm. They monitor the amount time the kids spend on screens and make sure they engage with their other toys. The kids seem fine. LOL

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  6. Phaytea's Pulse

    The world is evolving fast and I think it’s important to guide the kids too. I don’t have kids yet but my cousins learn so much from the I pad…they make short video, recreate vox pos sessions, info graphics and a lot more. Parents need to monitor the apps and be involved in whatever activity that gets their attention. The old method of learning should not be abandoned but there should be a balance

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  7. lifeofangela

    We live in a technological world, these kids are born into it. There’s so much great apps out there, and in my experience, these kids are quite intuitive with how they use it. Its a great learning tool. Thanks for sharing this post 😀

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