I have shared Corrigan’s love for my phone before.
Since that post Corrigan had become more attached than ever before. What once was something that I handed to him whenever I needed a moment to pay the cashier or talk to the doctor during an appointment had become something he wanted all day long.
Now Corrigan cannot talk (much!) but he has his ways to communicate some of his wants/needs/desires. Mainly, he just urgently drags me around the house and taps my hand on whatever he wants but with my phone he takes me over to wherever he spots it charging and starts yelling for it.
“Unh! Unh! HEWWO?” all. day. long.
We decided that we needed to cut back on his phone-time so I changed where I plugged it in and hid the phone at nearly all times. He handled the smart phone detox without the shakes so that was nice for a change.
Now that he has to wear his backpack/pump several times a day I feel okay bringing out the phone to keep him happy while his feeds run and then putting it away until I need it again. However, just because he no longer asks for the phone doesn’t mean that he doesn’t think that it is his own personal property whenever he sees me using it.
Hiding the phone means that my own use is curtailed most of the day. Which stinks. I feel like I have to sneak my own stuff. He can spot that puppy a mile away and stops whatever he is doing to come over and try to poke at it. Actually, steal it from my grip, race down the hall to his bedroom and then poke at it until something happens.
There are days that I have a chance to sit down and browse around a bit on the internet but I am tired and want to sit on the couch instead of in front of my desktop but I have to find ways to hold the phone so that Corrigan does not see it.
I love that he is learning numbers, colors and matching!
The kid can really match!
I wonder how long until they make educational toys, like the LeapFrog series of handheld systems, that integrate iPhone-like touch and scroll technology? I was thinking about something like this for his third birthday but I think that after using my phone for so long he would hate it.
Does your little one love your phone? Do you set limits? Any favorite apps?