Who hasn’t, on occasion, and in moments of fatigue (theirs or their child’s) turned to an iPad or similar device as a crutch.
To appease or to create peace, this ubiquitous gobstopper of a gadget has become not only a tool for learning and wasting time, in equal measure, but also somewhat of tranquilliser dart.
If you are a parent reading this and you don’t recognise anything I am saying, then you are either in complete denial or some kind of superhuman. Either way I am not sure I entirely trust you.
After a day of school, a play date, a swimming lesson, a shower and dinner Emma was not really in any shape to go out 'into the wild'. And, if truth be told neither was I.
“What are we doing for 30 Days Wild, daddy?” She asked before trooping upstairs to bed.
"Whats your favourite animal?" I asked, reaching for the iPad.
It turns out the answer is the koala, "because they are fussy eaters" and because they are "soooo cute". But then again so are cheetahs, or baby cheetahs at least. And owls, well baby owls anyway. Oh, and look there's a baby tiger having her first swim.
"Can we see that too? Does the mummy have to be with him? Aaaaw, sooooo cuuuute".
Ah. Pesky Youtube! Now you've made us later than we planned.
"Mummy, won't be impressed - we came upstairs 20 minutes ago. I'll tell her we were drying your hair".
"Daddy, what are we doing for 30 Days Wild tomorrow?".
Now, anyone got any suggestions for a Wild Day in London at the weekend? Preferably something that is "sooooo cuuuute".