Thursday, June 14, 2012

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Sharing MY Electronics

I got a Kindle Fire for an early birthday present from Tom. (I turn 30 on June 19th.)

I love it.

Natalie also feels like she loves it. She keeps trying to touch it.

I won’t let her.

Look, she took over my iPod Touch which I swore I wasn’t going to share.

This time I’m putting my foot down.

It’s MY Kindle Fire. I don’t WANT any stupid kid apps on it. There are kid apps on my iPod Touch. If she wants to play one, she can go there.

I know we want to teach our kids to share. But there are some things that you DON’T have to share. For instance, if Natalie has friends over I let her hide her favorite toys in my room. There are just some things that others don’t need to touch. Maybe that’s wrong of me. I don’t know.

But what I DO know is that the Kindle Fire is MINE. I will not have sticky, grubby fingers all over it.

For once, something will just belong to me.

And I’m loving it.

26 comments:

  1. I am right there with you - I'm all about teaching sharing, but I think it's ok to teach them that some things can be and should be your own and don't have to be shared right away. That's how i feel about my sunglasses - they were expensive, a birthday present, and I haven't had sunglasses in 8 years. Now my 4 year old wants to wear them all the time and I'm like, "nope, you have your own, girl!"

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  2. Some things just need to be OURS and for some reason our kids feel like it should be theirs too...everything from conversations to our gadgets. I am with you on this 100 percent!

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  3. I kept my iPad secret for 2 weeks from my daughter. Now I only let her occasionally use it (I tell her it "charging"). We also try to teach the girls to share but there are some things that are just their own and kids have to learn that as well!

    Hope you are doing well!

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  4. AMEN!!! I long for the day when I have something that is only for me. No one else. I mean most days my "bathroom time" isn't even my own. Just sayin'.

    Enjoy your Kindle!! and don't feel bad for not sharing! :)

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  5. My 6 MONTH OLD thinks my phone is her phone. If it's within sight she reaches reaches reaches. I have used it as an incentive to get her to roll over though :P

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  6. Finally! Someone said what I am constantly thinking. My kid shares just fine, but she knows that phones/iPods/computers/tablets are not for her to play with. I can't pee alone, but at least I get to keep my electronics to myself. :)

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  7. Of course you are not wrong! Sharing is good but if a child has a favorite toy that they want to keep to themselves....that is to be respected. And mommy,....you do not have to share any of your things like that with anyone. That is not being mean or rude. That is reafirming that you are special and deserve to have your own things to keep for yourself.

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  8. Sharing is important. But you are not rude or unfair in keeping aside certain things for yourself as well as letting your child do the same. It is an intelligent thing to do. You are also avoiding breakage and the resulting anger/sorrow. And mommy - you do not have to share "things" that are yours, just as a child may choose to do so.

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  9. First off I am jealous that you have a Kindle, I want an eReader so darn bad! & Second, this post is too funny! I agree that mommies need to have "their" toys too! I don't share everything of mine with the kids, especially when it comes to electronics haha. I don't want them broken!

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  10. I agree! Stick to your guns! Happy birthday, by the way!

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  11. I agree - stick to your guns! (I don't have a kindle fire - but my 11 year old does - somehow things are not quite right!)

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  12. I feel the same way about my NOOK Color. I DO have Plants vs Zombies on it but my kids don't know that. Mom's toy!!! Back off!!!

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  13. Oh, I hear ya! I let my son near my laptop, and now, every time I go on-line, some app pops up showing me the latest pc games! Arghh!

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  14. I don't think it is wrong to want it all to yourself. I don't want my kid playing with my phone only because I don't want it broken. Electronics are expensive! I will share food, pens, paper, all that stuff, but sometimes a mom just needs her own things.

    I am glad I am not the only one that hides some toys when other kids come over to play. Usually the expensive ones are hidden. :)

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  15. Our 12 year old has one and she's not to much into sharing it either.

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  16. Agreed! Kids need to learn boundaries, and I think you're doing the right thing!

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  17. I am SO with you on this one! I will NOT share my iPad! Except on a long car ride and that is as a last resort! Keep it for YOU

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  18. I 100% believe that it is OK to have some things that are just yours! My kids do not appreciate that I will not share my laptop or iPhone (iPhone possibly in emergency total boredom situations for my 6 yr old), but I love those things, and I don't want them broken, dropped, sticky, messy or not where I last left them. There are very few things we moms get to have as our own and I cherish mine...

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  19. We have strict rules about my iPhone. I only allow my oldest to play with it at restaurants etc. We used to let her play with it any time and it was awful. The strict rules are better. So cheers on the Kindle Fire, you deserve something of your own. :)

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  20. Don't feel guilty! That is your new "toy". Enjoy! Also, be sure and set up a password for yourself on it so noone can can use it. It is a little time consuming but so worth it. That way you can put "Shades of Gray" on it and not worry that someone can read it without you knowing. :)

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  21. This is why I don't think I could have kids....I do not share well at ALL!!

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  22. I have a teenager who helps herself to all my things..sigh.
    New follower here, hope you can stop by my blog. :)

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  23. I love my Kindle Fire, too. And I do not share:) with anyone...

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