It came like a thief in the night. Something I’ve been thinking about for months, and hoping we wouldn’t have to deal with it so soon. There seems to be a lot at stake, and so many things to be cautious about – boundaries to be set.
But then, the meltdown happened and we caved. We’re now fully immersed in the tension between letting our 21-month-old embrace technology or saying “No” 3 billion times a day.
For the past week, after she wakes up in the morning, the first words out of Rooney’s mouth have been “Foam?” And, in case you don’t speak Rooney, I’ll tell you exactly what that means in English: “Where is your phone? Give it to me now; I need to watch the first 10 seconds of everything on the PBS Kids app or I’m going to throw a fit.”
Maybe I’m over-reacting, or being a bit nostalgic, but we certainly didn’t have these devices when we were kids, and I’ve always been a bit leery of my child becoming entranced with electronic devices.