We bought the Bambinos a Kindle Fire.
They're only two.
For the first time ever, I'm questioning whether we're doing the right thing by purchasing it for our children. It hasn't even arrived yet.
Just before Christmas, I teased a friend that her 5 year old was spoiled because she received one for Christmas.
I'm such a hypocrite.
Getting them a Kindle goes against everything B and I stand for. We both believe that in some ways, the modern convenience technology brings is ruining our children.
We've had countless conversations about how kids no longer hang out and talk with their friends at the mall, they're constantly on their phones instead. Texting is keeping kids from learning phone etiquette and from writing coherent emails. We don't want our children to fall into the technology trap. We were the parents who decided not to give them any toys with batteries.
On the other hand, Peanut is really good at puzzles after playing Monkey Preschool Lunchbox. He was doing puzzles at 18 months or younger which to me seemed pretty early. Bug has learned his colors in large part to other apps I have on my Kindle whereas before he would only identify red. We worked with them on both of these things, but I think the apps gave them a variety that our toys and books at home didn't.
There are times that I'm not proud to admit we've given Bug my phone or Kindle to watch a TV show to keep him calm and sitting in his chair when we're out to eat or watching Seahawks games. I know it's not realistic to expect a two year old to sit still and not want to walk around the length of a football game but I always question whether or not we're doing the right thing by letting him watch my Kindle. I don't want him to be one of those children who cannot sit and visit with his family but needs to be entertained instead.
I wonder if we're turning our back on our beliefs just because the Kindle is a nice convenience to have. I didn't even set out to buy them one, the day before their party my dad called and said they'd bought the Bambinos clothes but wanted to get them something else. He asked if we wanted certain toys for them. Before I knew what was happening, I said, "They have enough toys but we've talked about getting them a Kindle so an Amazon gift card would be nice." And that's how it happened.
What do you think? Would you buy your two year old a Kindle?
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