The iPad Babysitter

I wrote this as a (really long) response to a Facebook thread. I thought it was well written so I carried it over here. It can’t all always be about surrogacy folks. 😉 The bigger theme here is balance. Balance is so the key to a heathy life. 
As a caregiver, and a bit of a “developmentally appropriate” nut, I have had to learn good routines to imbed a healthy relationship with technology into littles lives. My take is that for littles today, it is not really optional. Their world will depend on the ability to navigate technology in ways our generation only read about in science fiction. It is and will continue to be the way people interact with the world and themselves more and more as it progresses and develops.  
Technology cannot and should not replace hands-on learning and sensory activities. But I feel it needs to be integrated into the life and learning of children. I believe it is a balancing act of how much and what content littles spend their time using. It is vital, however for them to have some exposure so they can develop healthy and respectful limits with the use of technology as well as be set up well for the ever increasing roll it will play in their lives.  Therefore, with age appropriate content available and timers set, I never feel guilty about letting kids interact w technology.

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