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LET’S BE HONEST MAMA’S | TECHNOLOGY + KIDS

June 12, 2017

By June 12, 2017parenting
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When we were kids, our parents didn’t have to worry about computers and phone and iPads…oh, how the times have changed. For this months Let’s Be Honest Mama’s post (see posts 1, 2, & 3), we’re talking about technology use with kids. There are so many different opinions and ways to approach technology with kids, so I’m excited to read how the other moms handle it. Hannah from the blog Hannah Renee came up with 5 questions for us to answer about our views on technology, and when/how we will allow our kids to use technology. Be sure to click on the links at the bottom of this post to read what the other mamas had to say. What are your thoughts on technology use with kids? I’d love to hear any tips you have because I know I’ll be dealing with it more as Hazel gets older.

  1. Do you have an opinion on technology use with kids? Do you worry about being on your phone too much around your babies? I believe that technology with kids, especially babies, should be very limited. We save Hazel’s screen time for facetiming Grandma and Grandpa, and Auntie 🙂 There are many studies that show that the TV, iPad, etc can be harmful to your baby’s development and can cause ADD. We don’t watch TV around Hazel and we try to not be on our phones a lot when she’s awake. If I am on my phone, it’s talking to my mom or sister and they’re on speaker, so I have the phone set on the table and I can still play with Hazel. I believe that as a parent, you’re the best toy your child has, and I love getting on the floor and playing with Hazel.
  2. What age did you or will you allow your kids to play with your phone, iPad, etc.? Do you restrict what they do on it? Will you buy them their own tablet? I’m not exactly sure when I will allow Hazel it play on my iPad or phone, but I definitely plan to monitor what she does on it. I really don’t think there is a need for her to be on any device for the next few years. And I don’t plan on letting her play with electronics when we’re out at a restaurant or when we’re driving somewhere. I think that is a great time to talk to your child and develop a great relationship with open communication. But like I said, I’m not exactly sure how I will handle things when she gets to that age, but my plan is very limited technology time 🙂
  3. At what age did you (or do you plan to) let your kids watch tv and for how much time per day? Certain tv shows/channels? I think I’ll probably let her watch TV somewhere between 18-24 months old. But I will limit it to about 30-60 minutes a day.
  4. What are your/your babe’s favorite tv shows and movies? Are you concerned with the message it teaches and do you restrict any shows in particular? Like I said, Hazel doesn’t watch tv yet but I will be selective on what shows she’s allowed to watch and what message each show has. Some shows that are out now are just creepy…what happened to shows like Rug Rats? Lol. I loved that show as a kid!
  5. If you do not use iPad/iPhones as entertainment/distractions while out, what types of activities, toys, explanations do you use? Hazel has soooo many toys and books. So instead of watching tv, we read books (aka. I read a book while Hazel tries to eat it. Haha!), and I get on the floor and play with her. I shared a post about How To Play With Your Newborn and 6 Must-Have Toys For Your 0-6 Month Old. I will be sharing my favorite toys for 6-9 months old + summer activities to do with your baby in some upcoming posts soon,  so be on the lookout for that 🙂

 

Be sure to check out these beautiful mama’s blogs:

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com //  Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com// Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com

XO, Kacie

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8 Comments

  • Stephanie says:

    Love the post! Gosh we had to resort to shows in the car for a little while because Olive HATES the car and screams the entire drives. I wish I could jus talk and she wouldn’t cry! I have to be silent or she does cry. Kiddos man, they are all different! I really hope our next baby girl LOVES the car and finds it fun. I love your outlook on kiddos and screen time!

    • Kacie says:

      It’s so true that every kid is different! That’s why I love the post series…we get to see how other mama’s handle things because there really is no right way. Just the right way for your child and your family. 🙂 My plan is to not let Hazel watch TV in the car but we’ll see how things are when we get to that point. lol.

  • Emily says:

    Kacie! I loved the way you said that! WE are their best toys! Haha But seriously. They just want our attention. I try to reserve being on my phone for FaceTime with Grandma (there are some exceptions!), too. I love that you use speaker for when you do talk on the phone. I’ve been trying to do that more often but am so thankful for that reminder! Thank you! xx Emily | happilylindsey.com

    • Kacie says:

      Yep, and Grandma is a good exception! It seems like Hazel is more familiar with my mom and sister because she hears their voices a lot even though she only sees them about one weekend a month.

  • kymberly says:

    Love these photos!! So sweet <3

    Also so impressed she hasn't watch TV yet!!!!!!! Way to go. Thats impossible in our sports loving household on the weekends 😉 haha

    • Kacie says:

      Haha! Neither one of us are big sports fans so that makes it easier to not have tv on around her. I just record my shows and watch them after she’s in bed.

  • Ahh I love this and it’s so so true that our parents didn’t have technology to worry about. It’s so different now and complicate things sometimes. I am so impressed she hasn’t watched tv yet! I love all of your toy recommendations, saving some of them!

    • Kacie says:

      Our parents had it way easier back then. Haha! And they didn’t have Pinterest or social media to compare themselves too. lol

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