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Kirstie Allsopp & # 39; s parenting tips: & # 39; I broke my children's iPads & # 39;

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Kirstie & # 39; s children have a great time on their iPads

Kirstie Allsopp has revealed that she had destroyed her children's iPads after breaking her rules on screen time.

The TV presenter, who is the mother of two sons and two step-sons, said she took action after her sons played games outside their allowed time.

She told Jeremy Vine from Channel 5: "This is the first time I have said this publicly.

"In June I smashed the iPads of my children, not in a violent way, I even hit them on the table leg."

She added: "There is a game called Fortnite and another PUBG and I decided … we had made all sorts of rules and all kinds of times when we said you could not play them and that all those rules were broken and eventually I said : & # 39; Good that it is, I have to physically (break them). & # 39;

She has already posted the problem on Twitter, after some had suggested that it might have been wiser to just turn off Wi-Fi or confiscate the items.

Many comments on social media applauded her actions while others said that donating the iPads to the charity acted a more "mature way" & # 39; would have been if there are children in the world who are without such things & # 39; because their parents can not afford them.

Kirstie replied that "this has nothing to do with money" but was an "unhealthy influence in her home".

She added that she felt that the lesson her children had learned was worth much more than the monetary value of the iPads.

It is not the first time that the presenter of Location, Location and Location – who is also an ambassador for charity Homestart – has come in with a number of controversial parenting ideas.

Here are 10 of the best tips from Kirstie:

1. When to have children

In 2014, Kirstie urged women to postpone higher education and a career in order to have children because their fertility falls from a cliff & # 39 ;.

In an interview with Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight, Kirstie, who met her husband when she was 32 and then had two children, said: "Nature is not with you and I. Nature is not a feminist."

She also encouraged women to be "more honest" with each other about their biological clock, and said that the subject was still "taboo".

2. Childbirth

Kirstie has had problems with the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) in the past – she accused the organization of not always giving enough information about caesarean sections.

In a tweet from 2013 she wrote: "Many people have good NCT experiences, but many do not, this is a very politicized, dogmatic and, in my experience, narrow organization."

The then chief executive of the NCT, Belinda Phipps, replied: "NCT prenatal courses cover all topics relevant to new and prospective parents, including delivery by cesarean sections."

And, of course, mothers would like to discuss this topic.

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Should parents be able to decide when to keep school children on the recipes outside the school?

3. School visit

In 2012, Kirstie tweeted her reaction to plans to include absent four-year-old pupils in food tables and said that schools should not "dictate" parents when young people should be present.

"As a parent of two boys born in the summer, I know that there are days when school is too much.

"Some children thrive early in school, but some do not, especially boys, and there is life-long damage." Schools must trust the instinct of the parents. "

4. To get on board or not to go on board, that is the question

Kirstie went to a boarding school from the age of eight, but she did not want to go.

"The truth is that I would rather stay at home than to be sent away, but that was what my parents wanted.

"And I know that many children are flourishing with that independence and freedom, but for me it was a bit too much, too early."

Speaking of her parents' decision, she added: "In their eyes they were doing the biggest sacrifice for me, who will say what is right or what is not in that situation except the child?"

5. Technology

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More and more children have access to smartphones

Kirstie does not take prisoners when it comes to her children's access to technology – and that was before the iPad port.

Earlier this month she said that her sons, aged 10 and 12, could not get smartphones or had access to harmful & # 39; social media.

"I do not think social media is suitable for children, I think that feeling of:" Oh, I wish I was invited for that ", or" Oh, my friends do something nice without me, "is very harmful."

Before that, she revealed: "We have a strict rule, no devices with internet in the bedrooms, children do not watch porn or behead video's in the kitchen!"

6. Put them in cattle class

Kirstie defended her decision to sit apart from her sons after she told the Sun newspaper that she and her partner are sometimes in the business class cabin while her children are in the economy.

Some suggested "taking care of her children" and sitting with them.

Kirstie said that this was "utter nonsense" and added that having her sons on premium seats seemed "an absurd waste of money" and "very devastating".

7. Have your children do their chores

Last year Kirstie placed a photo on Instagram of one of her sons who selected a number of Tupperware boxes.

She wrote: "You are never too young to learn how to sort tupperware, even with a broken wrist. #Monstermum #noexcuses #callthisaholiday."

To be honest, there are worse jobs around the house. We prefer Tupperware rather than the toilet to clean.

8. Transmitter the famous five

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A camping adventure – leave your mobile home

Kirstie also talked about giving her children outside to help develop independence.

"I'm not the perfect parent, but I think if you leave kids with wood, knives and matches sometimes and sometimes nails, screws and drills, they rarely – touch wood – harm themselves and they learn so much," she said.

We will, erm, believe your word, Kirstie.

9. Splitting years

You will not "discover" yourself if Kirstie has something to do with it.

In 2014 she said she had made a deal with her children, that if they take a gap for the university a year, they "do a good job, it's not a year off".

In return, she and her partner will finance their courses. Not a bad offer.

10. Call home

Kirstie also has advice for older & # 39; children & # 39 ;.

She said at a trade fair in 2014: "I think we have spoiled our children too much – we have allowed them to go months without calling their parents It is not unreasonable to expect children to call their parents once a week .

"Older people should not think they are a burden and they have to call their children and the children have to call their parents, we must respect the older generation and store the store according to their opinion, otherwise it will happen to us.

"We have a duty to keep our parents in touch and to see, know and understand them."

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