I read this post from CNN/Wired: “5 Reasons why the iPad was made for parents” http://tinyurl.com/65nvfv2
I agree that the iPad is a great help in parenting. But I don’t think that it should ever be used to replace a parents role. I’ve used the device to help entertain my kids, and help them pass the time. But I think one of the most important things about being a parent is dealing with how your kids interrupt your plans. It’s not really your kids job to care about whether or not you get to watch the game.
Also I think a big part of raising kids is helping them to discover how to handle their time when they are bored. They don’t need to be sitting in front of a screen all the time, even if it is “helping them learn to read.” You know what else will help them learn to read? Actual books and you reading them to your kids.
I love technology, but I love my kids more. I want my kids to love me more than they love my iPad. I want my kids to have fond memories of me reading Fantastic Mr. Fox to them, not a computer reading to them.
(photo: from above link)