It’s been a while, a huge while in fact. Balancing motherhood, working and basically adulating has been one of the biggest challenges I have faced. I don’t want to bore you with how much washing I have done this week, or the fact that Lolo repeats everything I say. Oh and I’m completely obsessed with Love Island so bedtime routines are essential for my 9pm viewing time. This chapter of my life has been amazing despite the different obstacles I face daily, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
The older Lauren has become, the more independent she is. She can put herself to sleep when she’s extremely tired, watch Trolls on Netflix and feed herself. In comparison to when she was my little love bug, I could leave her in her bouncer to entertain herself or a mat where she would play with a variety of soft toys. Now she’s a thriving two year old who gets pretty distracted easily.
Recently a fellow mummy visited my crazy household and started questioning me about Lauren’s iPad usage. Which leads on to the title of this post. Is it wrong for my child to watch educational YouTube videos online? I’m sure some mamas will agree with me that electronical devices such as the iPad or phone can be a lifesaver. They keep children busy and allow them to expand their knowledge of, colours, the alphabet and the ability to retain information. I know some mums out there will judge me for letting my daughter use the iPad as it’s “too much screen time.” I’m a strong believer that everything needs to be done in moderation. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong for letting Lolo use the iPad for a few minutes here and there, to help her speech.
I don’t leave Lauren unattended whilst watching videos on YouTube kids, I have learnt three different versions of “Johnny, Johnny yes papa” this morning alone. Lauren is into the amazing channel called “Dave and Ava.” I would completely recommend this channel to babies and children. They have a variety of nursery rhymes, catchy songs with well lighten visuals to keep your child entertained. See not all videos on YouTube are bad! The iPad has many good uses such as being a distraction, in the nail shop, hair shop or on a Sunday night when I’m trying to do Lolo’s hair for the week!
I strongly feel that if letting your child use an electronical device is not a crime, monitoring a child’s usage, and the content that they view is a crucial element to safeguard our children. I completely understand why some parents may be against it, but listening to “Daddy finger” or the “wheels on the bus” a few evenings here and there will not harm them. With all things in parenting we need to do things in moderation and understand what suits our families best!
Weirdly enough I don’t have any pictures of Lolo using the iPad! Here she is playing in the garden.
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