To the iPod. I’m afraid he is more a clone of me than I had thought. You see, I’ve struggled with addiction to technology my entire life.
When I was 8 years old, the hot gift at the time was a Nintendo. I clearly remember the day my Mom, Grandma and I went to Toys R’ Us to buy mine. I had never been so excited my entire life. I loved my Nintendo and played it until my thumbs were sore and my eyes were bloodshot. I woke up at 5 am so I could play before school. Not long after, my parents took away the Nintendo because I had turned into a monster. They gave me another chance and the same thing happened, I morphed back into a Nintendo monster. I never got the Nintendo back and I’m still not sure what they did with it.
Fast forward to today and I now see the same problem with Jackson, who is 25 months old. The minute he opens up his eyes in the morning he asks for “Jackson’s iPhone,” which is really an iPod loaded with educational games and videos. It’s set to not have internet access or the ability to delete apps and I thought we were doing a good thing when we downloaded all the educational apps. I set it up for Jackson with the intention of using it on our nearly 5 hour flight to Denver we are taking soon. Since the set up a week ago, Jackson wants to be on it 24/7.
Any parent knows how a 2 year old can meltdown and the iPod has caused some epic meltdowns. What do I do? Obviously it needs to be very limited in our house since Jackson has my tendency to become a *little* obsessed with technology.
This is my plan so far:
- Limit iPod use to 1 hour per day
- Allow iPod use while he is eating (remember that whole failure to thrive deal? He still doesn’t eat so I figured this might help. He’s still only 23.5 pounds)
- Reduce the use of gadgets in the house overall and have family time after dinner with NO iPhones/Macbooks/iPads allowed
I need some help here, I feel like this is my biggest parenting fail yet. Do your kids struggle with this too? What are your suggestions?