Updated: Apr 15, 2019
So, we meet again!
We are officially less than one week away from the holidays! I know most you are looking at the holidays as time with family, time from work or just time to enjoy the things that you normally do not get a chance to on the daily bases.
As a parent, I know that I love to make my child happy and what other way to do that then to give them a new electronic device. While it is always a great distractor and helps keeps the child occupied, there must be healthy and realistic screen times set. Although this may be a hassle, it is definitely doable by taking these steps NBC News suggest:
· Set Clear Limits: This step is more ideal for the toddlers more than adolescents. Making sure that the child fully understands that only a certain amount of time will be spent on this electronic can help with breakdowns and set expectations for the child early.
· Teach Your Child How to Prioritize: Teaching your child that homework is to be done first or no electronics while eating, not only help with screen time but also teaches them a sense of self-control along with being able to prioritize.
· Practice What You Preach: Often time this step is the hardest for parents because we want children most times to “Do as I say, not as I do”. However, leading by example is always the best and most reliable way for your child to understand that they aren’t alone with these rules.
· Enforce The Rules: “Broken rules require consequences — like repossession”. When the rules are broken it is important to take steps to enforce what has been placed. So, if the child exceeds the time limit given or downloads a game you told them they could not, take the device for an evening. Upon returning the device, make it clear to them what the limitations are and what you expect.
Although taking this appreciate may take some time to get used to, it will be worth it in the end. Once day these children will turn into adults and we want to make sure that teach them how to properly utilize technology so that it doesn’t become an issue with the lifestyle they wish to have.
Be safe during this holiday season and make sure to enjoy your time with loved ones.