Playing outdoors continues to be the absolute best way to learn, discover, create, socialize, observe and soak up vitamin D. But allowing our munchkins to gain experience from technology is also another good way to keep their brains sharp. Just remember to follow these simple rules and to download the right Apps! (Otherwise technology might completely take over play-time, which is not recommended by paediatricians!)
Rules Before You Hand that Device to Your Kids
Let your little angels know that they can play on the iPad only on a specific day, for a specific amount of time. Example: Friday for 30 minutes. Once their time is up, the iPad is off limits! This way, we teach our offspring appreciation, patience and the value of time from an early age. Bonus! Thanks iPad.
Test: After you have designated the date and time for you kids to play on the iPad, leave it hanging around your living room on a different day while observing if the kiddies take it to play. If they do, gently remind them that today is not an iPad day. This little trick may also teach them how to recognize the days of the week, if they don’t already know them by now!
Let the Kids Choose their Own Apps
After all, it is their iPad! Sit down with the little darlings and ask them what kind of games they would like to play – give a limit of two new games per child. This method will help them narrow down their choices while teaching them to be focused, decisive and selective.
Tip: For every new game the children want, delete one old one. This teaches the juniors about change and flexibility.
Family Friendly Apps
I get excited when a fellow sexy mommy informs me of the latest App she has downloaded for her kiddies! Here are some cool, recently found Apps that are up for grabs at the App Store.
[pull_quote_center]The iPad! What is better designed than that? I read magazines on it, I play Scrabble. I use it for everything.
– Diane von Furstenberg[/pull_quote_center]
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