We got an iPad a couple weeks ago. We’re going to Hawaii in a couple weeks and Sean thought it would be something to entertain the girls on the five hour plane rides. So, um, yeah, we got an iPad for the kids.
I was pretty resistant to the idea. I don’t really think a five and three year old need an iPad. Plus, I’m a PC girl. But, I have to admit, it’s been a pretty good thing. There are educational games the girls love to play, it has books that read themselves to the girls, and a drawing pad for them to doodle on, mess free. They really seem to enjoy it. I think it will serve its purpose of entertainment. Plus, we’re going to use it to check our e-mail and not lug our computers with us. It packs well.
Here’s the thing, though, I’m a little jealous of the iPad. It turns out, it’s a better mother than I am. Seriously. Here’s a list of ways it’s better than me:
1. Full of never ending games.
I tire of making up games and playing them pretty quickly. The iPad just keeps pulling out more and more. And they’re educational. Math, reading, spelling, the iPad makes them fun. If I do make up a game, odds are it involves the kids hiding and me not looking for them. Not really educational.
2. Neat Crafts
I don’t like doing crafts because after five minutes the girls are bored with them and my house is covered in glue, glitter, and there’s crayon on the wall. The iPad has this cute little drawing pad with colored pencils, crayons, markers, stickers, and stamps, all controlled with a finger. No mess at all.
3. Unending Story Time
I read books to the girls, but after two or three, I’m done. Not the iPad. It just keeps going and going forever. It will read the same book fifteen times in a row with the same enthusiasm. Clearly it’s a better parent than I and cares more about my children’s future literacy.
4. Peace Keeper
I am constantly breaking up fights around here. Someone has a doll and someone else wants it. Not one of the other bajillion dolls we have, but that one. Someone got two more crackers in their bowl than someone else. One wants the other one to have their hair washed first at bathtime. So there’s lots of fighting and screaming and hair pulling. I bring the iPad out and they sit together nicely on the couch, taking turns picking what they want to do, and sharing. It never yells. It’s like it’s not even trying.
5. Nap Time
This is the worst one for me. It’s like the iPad is just twisting that knife in my heart for fun. Ella has not napped for me in at least six months. She needs a nap and is cranky from 3 pm on without one, but she’s not going to miss anything. In comes the iPad to show me up. Once it starts reading, Ella falls asleep after two stories. No whining, no fighting, out cold for over an hour.
I just can’t compete. I’m pretty sure the iPad is going to get my Mother’s Day cards. I knew I shouldn’t have brought an Apple product into this house. A PC would never hurt me like this.
In other news, I’m guest posting today at Peace, Love, and Museli for the vacationing Kristin. Go check out my Feel Good Friday post about being good enough. I may need to re-read it to help me cope with the iPad.
Also, I’m the featured writer today at Studio30 Plus. I’m confessing my mothering sins.