Screentime, Mom Guilt, and an App Review

Screen time. Those dreaded two words. Everytime I let Benji have some, I feel a rush of guilt come over my body and I feel like the worst mom on the planet. The idea of letting Benji have more screen time started when we booked a trip that included air travel. I worried about how my stir-crazy child would handle being stationary for a few hours. Then, Kidloland approached me with a free code in exchange for an honest review of their kid app. The timing felt right so I agreed.


It’s a well-made app. Kudos to Kidloland for making a well-made product. The songs are engaging and Benji loves it. However, whenever I take it away, he falls apart and I am left with a full-blown meltdown. Most of the time, it’s not worth the dreaded aftermath so I rarely give it to him. However, if I need him to be redirected or entertained for a few minutes, I resort to using it as a crutch. To be honest, I’m not proud of it. Then, I’m left feeling guilty like I commited a crime. Deep down, I know I’m doing the best job I can.

As mamas, we are making a ton of decisions every day. Sometimes, we need a minute to catch our breath. I am going to continue to try and give myself grace where it’s needed. I will always encourage others to do the same. :)

tessa gibbs