With the tablets, the kids are quiet (unless they tire of them) and thoughtful while playing both fun and educational games, which is a good thing. Without them, our children are loud, adventurous, playful... this is a good thing too! And yet, too much of a good thing can be exhausting. And so, the iPads, are often a welcome reprieve, BUT, when the time comes that the kids start getting too loud, rambunctious and/or mean to each other, the iPads are a wonderful, amazing, welcome relief as well as a welcome ransom. :)
I wish I would've thought of this idea when the kids made this mess.