When we were getting ready for our two week trip in November, everyone we mentioned the flights and road trip to offered us their DVD players and iPads. And we considered it (before realizing we didn’t trust ourselves with other people’s $500+ technology).
And then we considered it as a good excuse to run out and buy an iPad.In the end, we decided against that for a couple reasons: 1) $500 is a lot of money, and B and I have talked on and off since they came out about buying an iPad and always decide that we wouldn’t use it enough to justify the purchase. 2) Our kids are relatively good in the car as it is, so even though we were talking about some long travel days, we didn’t think movies or apps were necessary yet, and we figured we could re-evaluate if the first day of driving was a disaster. 3) Even though we were talking mostly about entertaining a 29 month old, we wanted this trip to be about family togetherness, not distract the kid while we tourness. Talking to and pointing out signs, golf courses, and new cities to Thomas was one of the most fun things about our trip. 4) We really try to avoid technology and TV with our kids as a general rule for now. That’s not to say we never have the TV on or that we will do this forever – but as far as Thomas knows, my iPhone is for listening to Raffi and looking at pictures of himself (my vain little man) and the television was invented for the sole purpose of watching football and golf. And we’re good with that for now. Let me say that this was a personal decision for our family and we know it’s not a choice everyone makes, and we also know that there are television programs and apps that teach kids lots. Our little man is like a moth to flame with technology, if something is on TV or he has an iPhone in his hand, he’s addicted until we force him to move away. This combined with the fact that we know that once the kids are in school, computers and TV and all of that becomes so much more prevalent, we’ve decided that while we still get full control over our kids’ bubbles, we will limit technology.