Tech Free Holiday

What’s the best tablet for toddlers?


It’s a question I see over and over again on Facebook and in my Twitter stream.


And it’s always followed by…


I want my phone/tablet back!


I won’t pretend that my kids are tech-free.  They’re not.  And I don’t think they should be.  They are growing up in a tech savvy world, and they shouldn’t be left behind.


But they are limited.  Ten-minute timers are the norm around here.  When the timer beeps, they hand it over.


They don’t argue.  They don’t beg for more.  And when they go seven days without any iPad time?  They don’t even seem to notice.


They would rather play with cars, trucks, dolls, and stuffed animals.  They would rather build zoos and create construction sites.  They would rather plant beans and dig up worms.  They would rather play board games and ride scooters.


They would rather create their own fun.


Just last night…a simple Dixie cup in the bathtub became both an excavator and a pet wash.  Their needs are simple…


When I see the holiday price cuts for the toddler tablets and hear moms discussing which is better and why…I can’t help but wonder why a toddler needs a tablet of his own in the first place…


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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)