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1 (or more) school-age children
1 ipad mini (or other internet-enabled, hand-held device)
1 (or more) well-intentioned parents engaged in a futile battle with technology
See a toddler on the train. Listen as she says “Daddy phone, daddy phone” and watch how proficiently her tiny fingers navigate the touch-screen technology. Try to resist the temptation—but fail in the end—to judge a fellow parent for pacifying his child with a hand-held device. Silently condemn him with your eyes and feel just a bit self-righteous as you shake your head, saying, “That will never be me.”
Feign nonchalance as family members introduce your 4 year-old to Angry Birds on their hand-held devices. Notice the early signs of terror coursing through your veins as you watch your child get hooked on technology faster than he could ever get hooked on Phonics. In spite of your love for your family, secretly feel relieved that they, and their Apple products, live several hundred miles away.