Unlimited Screen Time Does Not Make Me A Lazy Parent.

Unlimited Screen Time Does Not Make Me A Lazy Parent.

We live in an age where technology surrounds us, and our children.

We can do pretty much anything with apps on our smartphones/tablets/computers. These days, even ordering food in McDonald’s is as easy as pressing a few options on a screen.

Technology cannot be avoided.

Both of my children have a Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa. Mia uses hers daily whereas Theo only really uses his when he needs a little bit of time out or he wants to watch a movie.

I think many make the assumption that those who allow their children access to technology are lazy parents. That,  I believe, is not the case at all.

Before I gave my children their tablets I installed strict parental controls and lots of educational apps. They have to reach a particular quota of time on apps designed for learning before they can watch their favourite show/movie or watch plastic eggs being opened on YouTube.

Yes, the tablets entertain in a way I can’t, and they do allow me to get on with my endless to-do list, but that doesn’t make me a lazy parent.

We craft, we laugh, we draw and sing and we go on muddy walks and explore nature. Mia participates in after-school clubs and loves nothing more than reading a good book. Theo spends hours playing with his toys and loves to colour.

I’m a single, self-employed mother of two and sometimes, I just need to get on top of the laundry or get some work done. In those moments, screen time is welcomed.

I don’t feel guilty for allowing my children to have access to technology. My kids are kids who do all the things kids ‘should’ be doing, but they are growing up in a world very different to the world that I grew up in.

They have access to educational material that I could only dream of at their age whilst also having access to their favourite games, TV shows and movies. Having one each means bickering over the TV remote is non-existent.

Technology makes life a little easier for me, and I couldn’t be without it.

Call me bad, call me lazy, I don’t care. There are far bigger dangers in this world than apps and programmes.

Read all about why I don’t limit screen time here.

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5 Comments

  1. 20/02/2018 / 16:19

    I don’t think you’re a lazy mum for giving your children screen time. Life has changed a lot since we were kids and children need to be able to use technology these days (my kids’ school has a stash of tablets that pupils can play with. I also let my children use a tablet when I need to get things done, but like you it’s only part of the stuff we do together. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam

  2. 21/02/2018 / 17:50

    I totally agree with you. I have four kids and sometimes I just need a few minutes without the chaos. Technology is a good way to divert their attention from their various squabbles if nothing else.
    They have tablets at school now. The world has changed and it is just vital for them to know how to use this stuff. I don’t want them to be left behind. Our kids all have access to technology and we use it to play music and have a dance, play educational games, watch movies and just have a bit of quiet time. I do limit the game time though as my boys would be on them permanently if not.
    #dreamteam

  3. 24/02/2018 / 15:12

    I agree with you! These are the times we live in. I think there could be an argument about our parents being lazy for pushing us outside all the time unattended. In the 80’s there was nothing wrong with it. The parents got work done while the kids explored on their own. Both of my boys have multiple devices from xbox to laptop and they both watch educational stuff on their computers as well as play games for entertainment. But they also both have activities outside of these things. My teenager is active in his high school drama club while my youngest is constantly building forts and using his vivid imagination with pretty much anything he does. It’s not hurting them. If anything it’s preparing them for a future full of all sorts of yet-to-be-determined technology that they will have a foot hold in. That’s how I see it anyway. #DreamTeam

  4. 26/02/2018 / 19:54

    I completely agree with you. There is such a wealth of educational apps available now and technology is an integral part of our lives. My two love time on their tablets too, but as you say, it’s just a piece of the overall jigsaw of things that we do together each day. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

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