Parents Who Use iPads & Laptops to 'Babysit' Their Kids Are Geniuses

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boy on computerAfter hearing the results of a study saying nearly half of all U.S. parents admit using an iPad or laptop as a babysitter, I'm a) relieved to hear that plenty of moms and dads do this, and b) not all that shocked about it at the same time.

And no, the study isn't suggesting that some parents literally use technological devices as babysitters so they can go out for a night on the town and leave their kid at home on the couch. (Duh.) It refers to parents who use them as a means of keeping their child occupied so that they can take a break, get stuff done around the house, or just enjoy a little bit of down time.

No biggie, right? Oh come on, you mean you don't reach a point a few times a week once in a while when you just need a few minutes to yourself to regroup -- so you hand your kid a device, take a deep breath, and enjoy the silence?

(Don't lie. You do it too.)

We all do. Or at least I'm not too high and mighty to admit doing it. Actually, I've been hitting the iPad and laptop up as a last minute "sitter" for at least a few years now.

As much as I love playing with my son and enjoy every single second with him wholeheartedly -- I also have various tasks and chores that need to be done on any given day of the week; otherwise, everything will completely fall apart. Whether it be finishing up work for the day, folding and putting away a couple loads of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, paying the bills, making dinner, etc. -- sometimes I really need a few minutes when I know I'm guaranteed to have no distractions or requests. That's where the iPad and/or laptop comes in. There's really no other way of putting it -- technology is a God send and I don't know what the heck I'd do without it some days.

And honestly, where's the harm in letting our kids have a little fun? They love playing games, learning, and exploring while using these devices. Truthfully, it's a skill they need to have in this day and age anyhow.

As for any parent out there who says he or she hasn't resorted to using technology to entertain their kids from time to time? Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and call their bluff on that one. Something tells me there are quite a few moms and dads out there who refuse to admit to doing so out of fear that they'll be judged or labeled bad parents -- which is just nonsense.

Using an iPad or laptop doesn't make you a horrible mom or dad -- it makes you a smart and resourceful one. And as an added bonus, 9 times out of 10, it makes you a rested and more calm parent too.

Be honest -- do you use the iPad, laptop, or any other device as a "babysitter"?

 

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nonmember avatar Ero

I babysit kids with coloring books and a laptop with NO battery inside. I'm not letting my files get destroyed, and if I let them use it if on... I got Mavis becon teaches typing.



No iPads. My iPod touch is good enough. It can even play music and the kids are fine.



I'm no parent but I'm no tech addicted 20 year old either. I won't let any of my client's kids cry over tech.

Choco... Chocodoxies

We don't have cable, we don't watch the television more than once a week for a family movie, but my husband got a great deal on an iPad and so he got one for himself. Well, a year later and it is full of our daughters games and not one thing for daddy.  Do I feel bad... sometimes. But I also read to her and play with her as well as keep other technology to a minimum, so I'm not kept up at night by guilt. 

Wifey... WifeyKish

Sometimes my son plays educational games on my nook and I have apps with interactive storybooks that I read to him or he tries to read to himself. I also have the Curious George movies on there for long car trips. He probably uses it once a week. He is too young for a lap top.

Wifey... WifeyKish

Sometimes my son plays educational games on my nook and I have apps with interactive storybooks that I read to him or he tries to read to himself. I also have the Curious George movies on there for long car trips. He probably uses it once a week. He is too young for a lap top.

Ashley Clark

Not all parents have a ipad (to expensive and waste of money in my opinion)and NO my children are not allowed to touch my laptop.. So sorry not ALL parents use technology to babysit their kids.. Mine read actual books or go outside and play they ride their bikes or explore nature..

Mommy... Mommy_to_CTN

Uh, no, not ALL parents do it.  I don't.  I tell them to "go play" if I need some time to get stuff done or time to myself.  I don't understand why so many people have kids that don't know how to play alone or with their siblings.  Oh, yeah, because they're growing up in a world so tech based that they are constantly "entertained" so they never learn to entertain themselves.

April Clark

I am a SAHM mom and also work a part-time job as a graphic designer from home. So yeah right now as I have a deadline my 2.5 year old and his almost 4 year old brother are actually playing a game together on my tablet. And it isn't because they can't play on their own without technology or go outside or whatever. They do that all the time too. It's because it's fun for them, and educational and technology is going to be a big part of their lives I am sure. That is just how things are these days. It doesn't have to be a bad thing. Just like anything else it needs to be used in moderation. People can overdo anything.

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