1. iPads keep kids quiet and still when you need to get actual work done.
2. See #1.
Jack: Where are we going?
me: We just have to stop home to get your uniform so we…
Jack: (cutting me off) NOOOOOOO!!!! I don’t WANT to go to TAE KWON DO!!! Can’t we just…
me: (cutting him off) You can use my iPad while we drive!
Jack: (stops yelling) Okay, hand it over.
me: Can you play nicely for a minute at my desk while I go and have a quick meeting?
Jack: Okay. Where are your scissors?
Jack: No reason. Can I see that stapler and the golf club in that guy’s cubicle? And some of that goop that you mix together to make a print of your teeth?
me: Don’t touch anything while I’m gone! Can’t you read your book?
me: Want to play Angry Birds on the iPad?
me: You planned this all along didn’t you?
Jack: Of course. I don’t want to clean up whatever mess I would make with scissors and paper and all that stuff. Go to your little meeting now.