The Best Little White Lie We’ve Ever Told

Kids and iPads: It’s a challenge

“The iPad’s being fixed by a repairman,” we told Elliott almost three weeks ago. I reckon it’s the best little white lie we’ve ever told.

For the first week, Elliott asked about it, “When is the iPad going to be fixed, Mummy?” But after that first week, it’s almost like he’s forgotten about it.

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Since we hid it put it in for repairs, we have noticed a HUGE change in Elliott. A change in his creativity, an increase in imaginative play, his playtimes last longer and his love for LEGO has expanded into creating cities and new pieces.

Even when we let him watch the television, he seems to be able to regulate himself better because he has less control over what he can watch and do. If he’s had enough of a certain show or feels like doing something else, he’ll simply get up and take himself away to his bedroom to play.

When the iPad was around, this didn’t happen.

If we tried to make it happen, it was challenging.

I’ve read about the great things iPads can do in terms of education, but I’m still a little weary about it all, particularly because the positives of not having the iPad around are so obvious to me.

But, it’s inevitable that one day the iPad will be introduced back into our lives whether we like it or not. Elliott is in prep next year and I’m sure iPads will be used at some point, increasing in use as he progresses through the years. School friends will likely talk about their iPads and other gadgets, the games they play, likely prompting Elliott to want the same.

I still just can’t wrap my head around the way tech is heading for our kids. Just because it’s there, does it mean we have to use it as much as it is being used? No, I don’t believe so.   My fear is that tech is taking away the chance for our kids to be creative and use their own imagination, to create it for themselves, no prompts or  little screens. Enjoying the world around them.

So, for now, I’m going to see how long we can stretch the little white lie about the ‘repairman’ because I’m loving the inspired and free thinking little boy I’ve been seeing.

How do you feel about iPads and tech in general in relation to your kids?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. May 2, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    iPads weren’t around when my kids were little so didn’t really have it then but now they are older – WOW they constantly have their heads in technology. Very addictive.

  2. May 2, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    This is a great example of what I see all the time when parents take away or limit the iPad use, especially in little ones. Yes, there can be educational benefits, but only with little amounts of technology use. Then, it starts to actually work against their development and starts to stunt the abilities they need: creativity, independence, cognitive development, gross motor skills.

  3. May 2, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I may have to follow your lead – my kids are too dependent on technology even though we have put in place stricter limits to curb their use. My youngest would surely believe me if I told her the repairman had the ipad….!

  4. May 11, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Like how it’s working for you now, Eva. I am guessing there will be weeks and months ahead with the ‘fixed’ iPad may appear for a limited time and maybe that’s the ‘instructions the person sent it back with’ Ipad can be on for (x) time or it has to go back to get fixed. Look what I did, encouraging another white lie! Denyse

  5. May 12, 2016 / 12:14 am

    We’ve always limited screen time. It makes such a difference. My girls are all into books though and I sometimes feel I need to ban the books.