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Monday, June 18, 2012

What Happens When the Toddler Takes Control of the iPhone

You live to regret it.  And love it.  All at the same time.

I didn't blog last week because we headed to Ocean City, Maryland for an extended family vacation.  It's about a three hour drive with limited traffic, so it's not terrible.  Then again, it's not a fun three hours when a toddler screams the entire trip while the eight-year-old wonders aloud - every sixty seconds - why the toddler won't stop screaming.

Hence the iPhone.
And the relatively newly installed toddler aps.

I actually added the toddler aps a couple of weeks ago on a whim.  And thank goodness I did because it saved us during the endless pre-op fiasco back in late May.  And on the drive to Ocean City last week.  But the weeks in between?  Well, that's been an endless game of begging for the phone... "try again" and "yeah!" blasting from the various toddler aps... a secret toddler phone call to one elated Tonggu Grammy...

and photos like these...


What have your children managed to do with your phone?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't have an Iphone, but I have a digital camera that my son loves. I have downloaded 100s (not kidding) of photos of the inside of his nose and close ups of his eyes.

thank good I caught him when he was attempting to put the samera down his pants and take a picture.

choosing to remain annonymous to protect the innocent young man in my life.

3cmum said...

Leapster leap pad ...

Or an iPad in a case.

The only solution to those situations or if you want your phone!

Locks on both so they can't grab it at home to play...

I speak from experience!

Dana@DeathbyGreatWall said...

Wenxin wanted a DS for Christmas. Now, we are not big video game people and we'd never bought a handheld game system for any of our other kids because we didn't want them constantly zombied out. But we love Wenxin, and he really wanted it, so finally, we bought the DS for him for Christmas. Unfortunately, we bought his older brother an Ipod Touch and Dad got a smart phone about the same time -- and the DS just can't compete. Wenxin constantly begs for Nathan's ipod or Dad's phone and the DS -- well, it's chopped liver.

Jennifer said...

Both my girls have posted unique posts to my FB wall... mostly random characters that mean nothing. I've been able to stop them from uploading any of their random photos though, there have been some close calls.

Sandra & Steve said...

We bought our 4yr old an iTouch. No data plan and the wifi is not enabled so we have total control of downloads and apps. It's really cute how she figured out how to use the camera and video features. Watch out for the voice memo recordings though...we got burned when we heard our voices in not so perfect moments, an argument between mommy and daddy, hmmmm...yelling at, I mean correcting misbehaving kids. Well, its humbling. We all have our moments but it does make you stop and count more first. ;0)

Beyond Normal Mom said...

I lover her shoe photo. We haven't given in yet to let Junior use the technology, but he *really* wants to. Mijo uses an old iPod touch on rare occasions, but I've disabled WiFi etc. I'll rue the day he figures out how to outsmart me and my parental settings.

Jessica Rudder said...

My iphone has been an adult only phone for 4 years now (the luxury of an adult-only home, I suppose).

I secretly scoffed at people that would hand toddlers an expensive piece of electronic equipment. I certainly didn't plan on doing that when I have kids.

Then, I had the pleasure of traveling to Florida to attend my cousin's wedding. My sister was able to come with her 2-year-old son as well.

At one point he was tired and cranky and started crying and my mom put Shaun the Sheep on her ipad and he was immediately pacified. From that moment on, having seen the magic of Shaun the Sheep, if we weren't in a place where my mom's ipad got wifi, I had no problem handing him my iphone so Shaun the Sheep could keep him happy.

It's funny how many of those "not when I have kids" things go right out the window when faced with an unhappy toddler.

Casa Bicicleta said...

Well, you see my little icon photo? That was taken not with my iphone....because I don't have one, but with my camera, by Bicicleta Girl of her very own eye. Probably when she was about squirt's age now that you mention it. Or maybe a little older.

Bicicleta Girl is really really hard on technology so we keep her far far away from our electronic devices.

Shari said...

You may have a techie on your hands...Amelia got a Fisher Price digital camera at 2, Leapster at 3, ds at 4 (my old laptop somewhere in between), a Wii at 5 and an iPad (which we supposedly share) at 6.
I've found many photos of me sleeping, which is just creepy...and often makes me wonder what else she does when she's supposed to be sleeping too!

Kayce said...

LOL!! My toddler is not allowed to have my iPhone anymore! I was in the shower once and heard a "cheeese" but didn't think anything of it until she said..."mommy cheese!!". I've never jumped out of the shower that fast! She'd been taking quite a few pictures but thankfully they were of the floor or the ceiling and they didn't go viral! That was the last time I let her play with that! :)

Sandy said...

Our two year old loves our cell phones- not i-phones. I have many contacts in my phone with names like t7nj3. Yesterday he accidentally texted my friend and she texted him back!

Mel said...

I love seeing all of the kid's eye view pics and videos that mine takes. I never erase any of them!

Anonymous said...

you are not alone ...

http://gizmodo.com/5919785/1+in+4-moms-now-comforts-her-crying-baby-with-a-cold-hard-gadget

love you babe

tonggu daddy

Walkerfam00 said...

Can you please list what toddler apps you use? I am in the market for some peaceful car-travel solutions!