It seems that everywhere I turn these days there is a new study on screen time and how much is too much for our kids. Do we really need these studies to tell us this? To me it is common sense that too much screen time is not great, but there are days where I need a minute and the “electronic babysitter” has come in ever so handy. I realized about six months ago that my son seemed to be hyper focused on asking for more and more screen time and with the distraction of work, keeping the house running and my daughter I was letting him have it too frequently. I was even letting him have it during dinner.
I decided to curb it by setting a timer for him, he could have 10 minutes and then he had to turn it off and find a different activity, and I took it away during dinner. For the first couple of days it was a HUGE fight and there were a few epic meltdowns. It reinforced for me that his brain is addicted to it. That is truly scary, he is not even 5 yet.
It has taken some retraining on my part as well because my husband and I are constantly on our phones/devices and our son was calling us out on our hypocrisy. “Why do you get to have your phone and I can’t have my tablet?” Let me tell you, I had no good answer for that one.
There are still days where I know I let him have his device longer than I should, it seems we are still finding our way to that balance.