Yes my kids are users of Phone and iPads and Yes I use to give it to them because at times I needed them off me so that I could get other things done. But gradually this habit caught up with them and I as a mom, wife and homemaker, had my hands full all the time and so I would give in to their demand. When we went out in public places, be it dinner, relatives house or travelling, I would hand them phone each so they stay seated and not run around or make much noise.
But me and my husband also knew that this needs to stop and we need to find some alternate means to keep them occupied and engaged. Hence I looked for what they loved doing most— COLOURING. So I started carrying colouring books and colours with me for all my outings and “WOLA” my kids sat colouring away without many any noise or bothering or disturbing me. So my baby bag now always has a Colouring books and colours in it and wherever we go, you will spot my kids colouring.
There were certain things I kept in mind though.
- Since I have 2 kids, I always carry things in multiple of 2. 2 books and 2 sets of colours.
- Carry books of cartoons or characters that your kids like.
- Always carry what your child wants and not what you want them to colour.
- With 2 kids, always keep things similar, if its sketch colour for one, take the same for other too because kids always want what the other has.
I did manage to tackle the issue well and now when we go out, we now have people coming up to us and saying ” wow your kids are busy colouring away…so good” and it does make us as Parents feel very happy because I know there were times when people would tell us off for our kids using phones in public. However, I have high regards for YouTube. Thanks to it, learning became easy for my kids and I won’t deny that I still do give my them phone at times.
My next blog will be on how I set up YouTube for my kids so that the videos that they saw were useful for them. Till then, stay tuned, show some love for this post, leave comments with your views, opinions or thoughts. Love X0X0