by Lara There are days when I struggle not to just hand over the iPhone or the iPad to the kids so I can get something done with a bit of quiet - for my boys it's pretty much the only surefire way to make that happen.
I realized recently though, that the iPad can be something my older son and I can enjoy together. Because it holds his attention so keenly, there is no other activity, even if I sit with him to take part in it, that he enjoys at much. Instead now, we have found a game that we like to play together!
Water is a Disney game (that only costs 99 cents!) that requires thought and logic, all while trying to give a crazy gator a bath :)There's water and slime and acid. There are ducks and cogs and hoses. Together we figure out if the water eliminating the slime so the acid can contaminate the second pool of water, thereby burning the fast-growing moss is the best way to get the last container of water down through the tubes to the gator. It's hard, and my five year old loves trying to figure it out. He also loves when we work together to figure it out.
So now, instead of just handing over the iPad when I need some down time, I realize that the iPad can be some us time and I'm really enjoying it!
Do you play video games with your kids?