‘No, mumma... I’m not hungry!’
‘Please eat a little bit, dear’
‘Nooo... I don’t want to... I want to sleep’
‘First, eat a little... then you will have a good sleep’
‘Okay, watch your favorite cartoon and eat... is that okay?’
And that is how the routine becomes. The child wouldn’t eat without the gadget and would continue to cry endlessly, to the point that they start to lose their mind... and in the midst of all this, if they let their child spend a few minutes which turn into hours with the gadgets, so that they can get some time to themselves or a little alone time, which promises silence for a change, does sound like a win-win situation at that point!
Sometimes, when mothers want some time to themselves, they end up making their children sit in front of the TV so that they can have some peace for a while! There are a lot of children who don’t want to eat at all... anything at all for that matter, in those cases I’ve seen them feeding their child only French fries or only ice-cream 24*7... Because like this, at least something is going inside their body!
They do realize it’s not healthy but then not eating too isn’t. Yes, they’ve tried not serving anything at all for hours and yet it didn’t work!
I don’t know if it’s right or wrong... but I do know that they hear a lot from the family and peers about this!
What do you think about this? Is it wrong to let your child play with the gadget if you want some peace or if you want to make your child eat anything peacefully, just give them an electronic device and they will be all fine?