So you know how when you first find out you or your partner is pregnant and you start going through all of these ideals, hopes, goals and what not for your children? Yeah… 75% of those things will never happen. Parenting in practice is SO MUCH DIFFERENT from parenting in theory. Oh those naive days of my youth and first successful pregnancy. When I swore up and down that my child would never do such and such things, or I would never allow such and such things as a parent.
Granted, there are some things which I’ve stuck to. The really important core philosophies are intact. Manners, communication, social interaction, education; all of that hasn’t wavered. It’s mostly the little things, such as how much TV she watches, eating organic 100% of the time, the little things which make my life easier, but don’t align themselves with my pre-child birth parenting philosophies.
One of those things, which Hubs and I had always been 910% sure of before now at our current stage of child rearing, was the use of electronic toys, tablets, etc as a source of entertainment. I’m still not too keen on the idea, but we did buy the Little an iPad for her birthday. Mostly, it’s to keep her occupied in the car after the Twins arrive. I really don’t plan on allowing her to use it more than that, but then again I never planned to buy her one either so… Lol. We’ll see how that pans out!
Ugh… I know it doesn’t make me a bad parent to change my mind on something as trivial as allowing her to use a tablet or not but still. It was like the one thing that Hubs and I were both super passionate about before she was born and it’s a little hard to let it go. At least that’s how I feel. It’s probably something as trivial as wounded pride there on my account. It’s not like I’m going to give it to her and turn her loose with it. It’s cased and protected physically plus as far as what she’s allowed to do with it. No frills, no bells, no whistles, just the ability to tune out infant cries and focus on something she enjoys instead of becoming overwhelmed.
At least that’s my hope anyway. If it becomes anything else we just wasted several hundred dollars on a very fancy paper weight as Hubs and I both have iPhones and absolutely zero need for a tablet of any kind let alone a bigger version of electronics we already have. lol. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.