I have used screen time as the crutch, letting them have it so they are busy and I can get things done (as well as all this terrible weather we have had) cue Bad Mummy feelings. I'm sure all parents do it at one time or another, but in our house, it was always intended as a treat not something that is essential.
It has become expected and that screen time is no longer respected.
It had gotten to the point where when I take my kids out William looks at me a mouth 'Tabbies' meaning he wants to go home and play his stupid games on the Tablet. Embarrassing for me to say the least, he was always insistent, obsessive even about it.
Well NO MORE. He hid it in the car and spilled water all over it.. That thing is FRIED and it won't replaced. I will admit I was more than miffed, I was all caught up in the monetary value of it, but logically this little episode has done me a favor. Given me back control.
Time to learn how to be non plugged in kids again, get outside, get out to the Park!! Read one of the Million books we own.
I am going to document our journey here into unplugging our kids (aptly named Kids & Computers), and what we discover. I am more interested in seeing if it improves Williams schooling, less time to worry about a Tablet, more time for homework.
I have observed the following
- he is provoking his sister into more arguments
- he read his books for longer before bed last night,
- he slept in this morning.
He was never allowed it in the mornings before school, although it was still clearly on his mind, searching for it and occasionally asking about it.
So let this journey begin. I'm ready.
How do you handle screen time in your home?