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Screen time is always a hotbutton topic in the parenting community and I’m sure it always will be as technology continues to grow and change. Our household is big on technology. We are homeschoolers and we use our screens for more than just entertainment purposes. We use them for reading, researching and immersing ourselves in new worlds that we otherwise wouldn’t have access to!
That being said, the initial investment into each of our daughters tablets was a pretty steep one. I actually won Addie’s first iPad in a giveaway a few years ago but it has since died on us so last Christmas Jake and I decided it was time for a new one for her, and one for Piper. After tons of research, we settled on getting them each the same tablet. With Christmas around the corner, I figure many people are looking to make this big purchase too, so I thought I’d share a few pointers in the event you’re on the same hunt this holiday season!
Tip #1: When buying for 2 or more kids, as always, keeping things the same is a really good idea. We didn’t want fighting and we also didn’t want Piper to outgrow a tablet that was maybe perfect for now, but that she wouldn’t use in a couple years. So we settled on something that would work for both Addie and Piper who are almost 4 years apart in age.
Tip #2: Figure out your budget ahead of time and shop accordingly. We knew that these were going to be the main gifts for them last year. They wouldn’t be getting much else because frankly, we couldn’t afford much else! We decided on a price, and we went from there. Sites like Groupon can be a huge help in this circumstance. They have a section called Groupon Goods where you can search for deals on items you are looking to save on, like kids tablets! You can see what items in your search are trending, which are on sale etc. It’s a super helpful tool to have in your holiday buying arsenal.
Tip #3: Once the big ticket item is purchased, let family know and buy around that theme! If you choose an android tablet, things like Google Play gift cards are an awesome gift. Piper loves Frozen, it’s still $5 to rent on the Play store, so buying it was a life saver. Also, there are mini-games like Minecraft Pocket Edition that Addie is obsessed with but they cost a little bit of money. So things like this they can buy with their gift cards.
Tip #4: Don’t forget a case. We LOVE these cases. We’ve had them for almost a year now and they have truly stood up to a beating from the girls. We haven’t had to do any replacing at all, and don’t see a need to any time soon.
Tip #5: Talk to the kids about your purchase. These kinds of gifts are not usually a suprise for our kids. They cost a lot of money and we want to be sure it’s something they will enjoy having. We also want to make sure they realize that tablets, and any other electronics are not cheap. They are not easy to replace and we work hard to purchase them. So we discuss buying these gifts before we do so. I just feel like it helps breed respect for our hard work and for their devices in the long run.
Tell me below, have you purchased tablets for your kids? Are you glad you did? Don’t forget to check out Groupon Goods this holiday season!