How to stop your kids breaking your stuff

How to stop your kids breaking your stuff

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Cute and loveable as they are, kids break stuff. Most of the time, it’s not intentional. Maybe they don’t understand how to use the toy, or they get carried away – but it certainly can be frustrating watching them break something you’ve spent your hard earned cash on. It can be even worse, however, when they break something you’ve bought for yourself; something that’s special or useful, or a gadget that you use everyday like your phone, laptop, or tablet (yes sometimes you have to let the kids play with your gadgets!) So, what can you do to try and keep your stuff protected? And what can you do if stuff does break?  

Repairs 

Oh no! Your kid’s been playing Snake on your iPhone (they still have that, right?) and, in their excitement, they’ve dropped it and it smashed. Super annoying. One option would be to find a decent repair company with certified technicians. It’s always better to use the right repair team, rather than a cowboy. Check out this website for example.

Cases and screen protectors

To protect your gadgets from your little ones’ dangerous little hands, you may want to invest in a solid, sturdy case. Don’t scrimp on something flimsy and cheap just because it has a nice, sparkly pattern. Screen protectors are also a great way to prevent damage and help with sticky fingers. Easy to wipe or replace, if necessary. 

Show them how to use things

Like adults, kids don’t tend to enjoy reading instructions. They’ve got a new toy; they want to play with it straight away; they don’t want to waste time reading boring information. So show them. Sit down with them and make sure they understand exactly how to use the game safely and practically. Do this with your phone or tablet, too. They might find it annoying, but learning to understand and respect possessions is a key part of growing up. It will also help you to bond with your little ones and it can become a fun, family activity. 

Be active

If your kid’s repeatedly breaking your gadgets or theirs, you may need to wean them away from phones, reduce screen-time and encourage them to be more creative. This can involve playing outside or doing performances, artwork or reading. A creative or energetic task can take their mind off the things that they break and allow them to become immersed in a new activity. Collaborative activities like sports or drama can also teach them to be more spatially aware and may reduce the likelihood of clumsiness. 

Carpets and rugs

I know what you’re thinking: no, you don’t want to drastically change the interior of your house to stop your kids breaking stuff. I hear you. But you don’t have to. Instead of removing your beautiful wood or tiled flooring, simply putting rugs down, or encouraging your children to use gadgets in the carpeted rooms, means that if they do drop your phone face first on the floor, it’s less likely to smash.  

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