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Our Thursday Photo #38

Libby has been busy making herself the centre of attention this week. At a time when I hear on the news that children are no longer learning to speak properly because of their reliance on iPads and computers, Libby is proving them all wrong. 

This evening, I put Lia to bed and went to see Libby. She comes and sits with me for a few minutes after Lia has fallen asleep. When I went in today, the conversation went something like this: 

Libby: Is Lia asleep? 

Me: Yeah, she is. 

Libby: She’s very good now isn’t she? She’s sleeping well and saying mum and dad. Is she saying nan yet? 

Me: No, not yet. 

Libby: She’ll soon be saying nan. And she’ll be saying swing, swing, swing jump at ballet. And joining in with balancing. She’ll enjoy balancing won’t she? What is balancing anyway mum? 

This little episode is just one of the many conversations that Libby and I have every day. I have no concerns about her speech and Lia is showing signs of following in her footsteps. 

But am I putting them at a disadvantage by not letting them play with computers and iPads yet? 

If I’m honest, perhaps I am. We’ve been to a few schools to look around now and they all use iPads for their lessons. I know that when it comes to talking and even reading and writing, Libby will be up there with the others when she starts school.

But what about the lessons that are conducted on iPads? I don’t want her to be out of her depth when all the other children know what they’re doing, I remember that sinking feeling well from when I was at school. 

So will I buy her an iPad before she starts school? Yes, I probably will. But she won’t be using it too often, and certainly not to the exclusion of being outside, reading proper books or spending time with her family. 

I suppose that the irony of the whole thing is that people tend to use iPads to keep their children quiet. Having not purchased one up until this point, her speech has developed to such an extent that I can’t shut her up. And now I think that even if I got one, it wouldn’t keep her quiet. 

I’m sure there are advantages to this for Libby, but as for me? I’d love a peaceful cup of tea. 

And on that note, here is our Thursday Photo #38. Little Miss Chatterbox and her rapidly growing sidekick. 





  1. January 30, 2015 / 1:03 am

    That’s lovely, that she speaks so well. I know a few little ones around the four year old mark and their English isn’t anywhere near that good. To the extent they say to me “what Rhodri want” rather than what does he want or why is he crying. It’s sad.

    I hope I bring Rhodri up to speak properly and can find a balance with TV, ipads etc

    • January 30, 2015 / 8:12 am

      Thank you Rachel. I’ve found it quite easy to get the balance right. I gave up a good job that I loved so that I could work from home and be with them. I make sure it was worth my while by spending quality time with them rather than putting them in front of the TV.x

  2. ruth
    January 30, 2015 / 8:40 am

    My 2.5year old is a rare breed, she has never used an ipad, or phone to play on until quite recently and even then I have one game on my phone for absolute emergencies! She is due to start preschool this year where they use computers and I sometimes feel like she will be at a disadvantage to her peers but I can safely say she might not be a computer whizz kid (then again she picks things up so easily I doubt she will be behind for long) but she does know how to count to 10, and recognises most letters and has started drawing properly. Which many children her age can’t do. As a prem and very tiny baby there have been many concerns about her development especially speech and sometimes I think she will need speech therapy, until she is in a group and not only holds her own but often leads the conversation. I think small children can learn everything they need from play, reading and being with other people and don’t need tablets or electronics until it is absolutely necessary. And that is what I will be sticking to. Just my opinion. Xx

    • January 30, 2015 / 9:17 am

      Thank you Ruth, that’s a really useful insight. It sounds like your little one is doing fabulously. Libby can’t draw yet and only recognises a few letters. I’m sure your little one will be great with an ipad as soon as she gets her hands on one.xx

  3. January 30, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    What a lovely conversation! I’m grateful I had my kids before iPads became the norm! My daughter is nearly 9 and still doesn’t use one. We do have various bits of technology around the house, but there’s always someone else using them! She’s top of her class, so I don’t think she’s at a disadvantage at all. She’ll use one as and when she needs to, but right now she doesn’t need to!

    • January 30, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you Sarah, that’s really useful to know. And well done to your daughter, she sounds like such a star!xx

  4. January 30, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    What a beautiful photo. I am sure Libby will pick up how to use an iPad when she needs to but it is lovely to have lots of screen-free time and hearing little ones chatter away like that is just wonderful (even if it would be nice to have a cup of tea in peace occasionally!)

    • January 30, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you Louise. You’re right it is wonderful to hear her chattering away but sometimes it gets a bit much. I’m hoping when Lia’s bigger they’ll talk to each other and not just both talk to me, at least for long enough for me to drink a cup of tea! How do you rate my chances??x

  5. ninjacat
    January 30, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    OOH yes children are very good at using iPad etc now ! . outside is always good , no such thing as bad weather

    • January 30, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you Claire. I love that quote, no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes or something isn’t it? Personally I always wear the wrong sodding clothes whatever the weather, I’m crap like that!x

  6. January 30, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    We have a good mixture here , J can use an ipad but he can also spend most of the day outside playing no matter what the weather

    • January 30, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      That does sound like the ideal situation, Libby wouldn’t know what to do with one at the moment.x

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