Monday, March 28, 2011

Timing

Two posts in one day!

Gasp!

But I had to laugh at the timing of this story I heard on the way to daycare/school/work today.

I don't know where I stand on e-children's books/reading apps. I kind of see the things they describe in this story as more high-tech versions of those leapfroggy things.

What I do have an issue with is giving an expensive piece of equipment to a toddler.

I'm not going to shell out $500 on an iPad II and then let Moochie slobber all over it.

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Call me low-tech Mom.

But better yet, call me cheapass Mom!

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Blogger Carol said...

toddler with expensive iPad...I don't think so! even if you teach em to be good, they are still little and will drop, spill or otherwise trash it completely by accident. people are crazy. Or have a lot more money than I do!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I can't see letting a toddler play with an iPad either. Then again, I know there are parents for who $500 is pocket change.

It never manages to surprise me how many of my daughter's friends (she's 13) have had cell phones since they were 9 or 10, and now have Blackberries or Droid type phones, and iPods (the $200+ touch ones) and iPads.

My daughter has a basic cell phone that she can only use to make calls or text, and only because she started taking the bus home from school last year. She wants an iPod, so I told her she has to save at least half the cost (she's saving money from her birthday, etc).

A coworker of mine was saying the other day that her 17 year old sister has a gas credit card (from their parents) to fill up her car (which their parents bought her for her 16th birthday), and that most of her sister's friends have their own major credit cards (from parents) to use whenever they want to go shopping.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I believe in teenagers working part-time to put gas in their cars, or buy any non-necessities they want. I guess that's gone out of fashion though. I know my parents sure never handed me a credit card or a car when I was a teenager.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with all of you! iPad/pod for toddlers or children under the age of 9 or 10 is CRAZY! Even 9 or 10 year olds I think that I would make sure that they only used it in my presence.

But on the pic of Moochie....He's CUTE!!!

Love, Mom

11:37 PM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

Cute Moochie. My Teddy, almost 8 now, used to drool like that. He still does sometimes ;0) Our 5 yo ran up a $1,200 bill on my dh's iphone last year. We quickly learned how to turn off in-app purchases and kicked in the remaining $ he needed to buy a DS he'd been saving for. Yeah, technology and toddlers don't mix on so many levels! (itunes refunded the $1,200 btw - great customer service).

6:48 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I don't have an ipad, why would I give one to a child? What a silly idea. Someone has no idea of the difficulty of cleaning drool off of any kind of device let alone an electronic one!

7:05 AM  
Blogger JRS said...

I got in the car to go to work yesterday, heard that segment, and thought of your post! I found the bit where the interviewee was gushing about the kid being able to "touch" the cat or whatever it was completely annoying--nothing will replace "Pat the Bunny" in my mind! I loved the sandpaper on the daddy's face and the fluffy bunny tail. Much more tactile than a touchscreen.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Toddler with an Ipad? No way! I don't even trust myself with one. Though, that smile that Moochie has can convince anyone of nearly anything!

7:47 PM  

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