Ask any new parent what the single most valuable tool in their parenting kit is, and chances are you're going to hear, "iPad!" 2 times out of 3.
I'm not criticizing. Tablets and computers have changed the way our kids learn and play, and they can hold their attention in those periods of time when parents just need a chance to get dinner together, throw in a load of laundry, whatever.
But between their parents' attention and the ever-ready screens waiting to entertain them in the intervals, kids rarely have an opportunity anymore to just entertain themselves.
Playing with a toy, exploring the living room, or just playing with their toes don't get nearly as much air time these days, and I'm talking about why I think it's a concern on today's episode of The Sleep Sense Show.