When I first got my iPad, I was expecting to use it primarily for entertainment purposes. Checking my email, listening to music and occasionally keeping track of work were on my lists of things to do. I did not realize how much of an impact my iPod purchase would have on my connection with my family, both near and far. Although I do enjoy being able to use my iPad to check my email at my convenience and rock out when I am in the kitchen cooking dinner, I also love just how much this advanced piece of technology has brought me back to my roots.
1. My little one loves it – I have a 10 year old son who absolutely adores playing on my iPad with me. We enjoy reading stories and playing games together, watching videos, listening to music and looking up information about what he learns in school. Together, we learn more about the topics of his favorite books. He loves science, and with my iPad, we are able to watch fun science experiment videos in high definition. Since I brought my iPad home, he is begging to spend more time with mom, something I never thought I would see from my son.
2. My big one loves it, too – In addition to my son, I also have an 18 year old daughter. She just started her first year of college across the state, about four hours away. My daughter and I have always been close, and miss each other a lot, but thanks to video chatting with our iPads, we stay connected and keep talking about everything. Video chats with my daughter help her feel less lonely and help me feel like she is still a part of my daily life as I struggle with her being far away.
3. Even my parents love it – My mom and dad live a few hours away from us as well. While we have always seen them a few times a year in addition to holidays, it was difficult to feel close to them with little more than a weekly phone chat. When my parents saw my iPad, my dad was quick to announce that “even (he) could use one of those!” Now, we keep in touch with video chat and email. I even play games with dad. I never thought it would happen, but my parents are finally out of the Stone Age.
I love my iPad, and so does every member of my family who has one. They are highly functional and highly portable, both major convenience factors for me. Even though I started using computers in high school, I have never been a computer geek or tech genius, so the user friendly and intuitive interface of the iPad is a big help for someone like me who is frequently known to utter the sentence “but what do I click on now?” Conversely, my daughter is a tech nut who can put together and take apart a PC, and she loves her iPad just as much as I do. To me, that proves that iPads can be useful to anyone.
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This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of www.liveinnanny.com. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.