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So in my case, I find that if we stop using devices as often, she will mirror our behaviour.
If your children are older, my suggestion would be to treat them as adults. My husband and I have agreed that on Saturdays we do not use devices, unless it’s absolutely mandatory.
You can schedule a day of the week, or time of day where no one at home uses devices.
But, he is allowed up to 1hr of screen time x day IF he’s done all his chores, he needs to “earn” screen time.
Teens will be a challenge at first. No devices at dinner table or when eating out. Encourage them to converse instead. You will need to do this at first. Really listen. Show them your really interested in them and their opinions. You value their input
Further, if the child enjoys the company of the people around him/her, then, less use of device should be easier to implement. So always add fun make them feel love so that they won’t have to be dependent on their devices
But you could also do bigger rewards.
For example, if they leave their devices alone for X-amount of time, they get a sticker. And say, 50 or 100 stickers gets them something big. Make them work for it 🙂 Think theme parks or beach trips etc.
Or you could also get a little mean, since disciplined children become disciplined people. Take away devices for a few hours. My own mother did this and us kids were forced to actually spend time with each other.
Bust out the forgotten board games and plan more “together time” for the whole family. Spending time with those you love = happiness. It’s a win win.
Have a set schedule of sorts?
No devices until morning routines are done, or homework is done, or chores etc.
Think of this app. Routine is good and habits can be formed.
And remember, be a good example 😜
I wish you luck.
Mind you, I don’t have kids 😂
You could always hide the chargers and wait for the tears 🙊😂
Hope this helps
Timed their time on electronics.
Don’t introduce electronics until the age of 3 years old. Their brains will grow very addicted to it. Using electronics at an early age is showing to interfere with other important aspects of her development – motor and social skills and the development of ADHD symptoms.
2) Start small. Have a no device zone or when doing certain activities e.g at the dining table.
3) Invite them to do alternative activities to fill their time and curiosity.
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