Getting kids away from the computer, smartphone, television, or another device is not an easy task. If your child is always asking you to go on some type of technological device, then you may have a problem on your hands. Sometimes it feels as if there is nothing we can do about it. We feel that we have let our kids use tablets or smartphones so much that now it is too late. Well, is it?
Children aren’t allowed to use the word “bored” at my house. If they do, then a chore is sure to follow. Without even realizing it, the phrase “I’m bored” was replaced with, “Mom, can I go on the phone?” or “Mom, can I watch a movie?” This transition happened when I let my kids stay with their grandparents for a long period of time. They, of course, were allowed to watch television or go on grandma’s phone all the time. God bless my in-laws’ hearts, they are so sweet. My children took full advantage.
Asking for screen time was a great alternative to complaining they were bored. To be honest, I didn’t think it was such a bad thing in the beginning. It let me get work done and they were happy–and not fighting. One thing it was NOT, was healthy for them. It can be borderline addictive and I realized I didn’t want that for my kids. I read this article a long time ago and I am glad I get to share it with you today. It helped my husband and I be intentional about controlling screen time in my home.
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Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!