Giving kids a smartphone or a tablet in order to get them to calm down and leave moms/dads in peace to do home chores is the go to method for many parents out there. It’s not something to be proud of, at least I don’t think it should be. I’ve done it on a couple of occasions, a few years back. Loaded up Candy Crush and watched my kids slowly getting hooked on the game. I quickly realized that I don’t want my kids basically becoming a zombie, so I made a deal with myself. They can have their gadgets, but they have to use only apps that will help them learn, grow and become more curious, instead of just making kid complacent and addicted to crushing candy or whatnot.