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Am I a bad mom for letting my kid play on smartphone?

posted 6 years 7 months ago
My husband has been constantly criticising me for letting my daughter play games on smartphone at the age of 5. He says that it's harmful for her health as well as her social skills and that I'm totally irresponsible.

In my defence, I only allow my girl to use smartphone for certain amount of time per week and she can only play educational games such as ABC learning or Number learning by Vkids under my supervision. I think this kind of games actually boosts her interest in learning and it is good as long as I keep it moderately.

I'm really confused now about my parenting method. Can you help me?

posted 6 years 7 months ago
Hi Monica,
I don’t think you are irresponsible just because you allow your five-year-old kid to play games on your smartphones. In fact, what you are doing is right and should be encouraged. Your husband needs some counseling. He needs to understand that this is the 21st century and the earlier the kid embraces IT, the better. In the Agrarian days, kids whose fathers were great agriculturalist became millionaires. Similarly, in the industrial age, kids whose fathers showed some interest in industries however small they later became great industrialists and made millions from the ventures. They are currently the millionaires of this world. Let your husband understand that this is the IT era and anyone who demonstrates a good understanding of technology and ventures into using the technology to make money will pave the way for their children to make millions of dollars out of the IT sector. In fact, the world richest men, Microsoft, Google, Dell, and others got their wealth from IT related activities. It is with this understanding that I encourage you to let and allow your daughter to spend as much time as possible with your smartphone. It helps her to think out of the box as she attempts to solve the puzzles. This is a good thing to her mind because it helps it to develop. It also keeps her busy and teaches her new ideas which you may not have time to teach.

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