We know that this generation kids are being introduced early to a variety of gadgets which many parents are using, such as Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, computers, etc. With the children’s continuous accessibility to these gadgets, there’s a great possibility that this may lead to addiction. Yes, addiction, which causes many parents nowadays problems in dealing with their children.
My Personal Experience
Based on my own experience with our two kids (6 yo and 5 yo), I came to the point where getting rid of the gadgets from their hands was hard, and it was so upsetting that every time I speak to them they seemed to pass my words to their other ear or they pretend that they don’t recognize my presence. And who’s that parent will be happy over such particular scenario? Another worst case is when they will lose their respect for us as parents.
Since I gave access my children to my personal gadgets, the more I became stressful in disciplining them. As a full-time mother who deal and spend most of my time with our children as the father is busy working to support us financially, honestly, I tried everything to keep the kids busy and entertained while at home or outside especially during our shopping times.
My Reasons of Introducing Kids to Gadgets
- Learning – this example to computer, iPhone and Tablet
- Technology Awareness/Advancement – any gadgets that I used I teach and give my kids the time to explore further.
- To be entertained – I give them access to do something like play games or watch their favorite characters on YouTube videos, especially when I am doing my errands or we are out for shopping.
Now the Problems Arise
Honestly, the more time the kids are on the gadgets the more we as parents are in trouble. Do you agree or disagree? Well, just based on my experience, it is absolutely true! What I did to overcome the problem? Telling you, I am not an expert, I am just sharing my personal parenting stories.
Set Rules and Make Password to all Gadgets
Parenting is a trial an error process. And disciplining children is the hardest job I ever had in my entire existence. Yes, you heard it right folks. Well, I don’t know about you if you feel the same way. The more I became stressful and in depth struggle when our kids addicted to the gadgets where many children are up to this generation. And as what I have said, parenting is a trial and error, so my sets of strategies came into action until I finally came to the solution:
- The decision of setting passwords to all the gadgets that they have access before.
- I set rules when they can get access to the apparatus and be firm whenever I say NO.
At first, I heard complaints and all those child rackets so the mother will fall into their trap. But being firm is certainly the solution. Actually, later on, our kids learn to adopt the big changes in using such addicting apparatus. By the way, I also merge the lesson I learned from the book of 1-2-3 Magic.