One evening after a long day at work I came home, and my three children were sitting on our couch and were on their tablets playing games and watching YouTube videos. I get settled in and start on dinner without interrupting my children on their iPads because they are being totally entertained and I can actually cook dinner and get things done around the house without being interrupted. Win-win for mom! Several hours have passed and I am dreading to tell my children they need to put away their iPads because I know the battle that is to come. Of course, meltdown city in my home because they are forced to get off their media high. After many of these types of nights, I was aware that this was an obvious problem. I was no longer going to allow the screens of our smartphones and iPads steal their childhood and create conflict in our home.
Are you letting the screens win in your home? It is apparent that many families and homes struggle with this issue. I have had numerous amounts of conversations with families about the struggles of media in the home and how it can be a challenge. The most important thing to realize is fueling our bodies with the right amount of the right things. Similarly, the more we learn about children’s media use, the clearer it becomes that in order to keep their minds healthy we need to help them get the right amount of media use.
Have you told yourself?
- It’s a cheap babysitter and I need to get things done.
- It’s making my child tech-savvy and he needs to learn the skills
- My child is shy and it’s her outlet
- My child wants to be a blogger/Youtuber or a coder
- My child is obsessed now but she will grow out of it
- It’s a safe game and educational
Stop and rethink the affects that it can cause on your child’s brain!