Question: I’m worried that my kids spend too much time on their devices. Nothing I do will pull them away from their obsessive use of technology. I feel like they don’t want to do anything else, especially with me. And anything I do to try and break this habit usually results in a tantrum of sorts. What can I do about this?
Answer: Quality time with Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa is the best and will always win over the devices if you make it about them.
Let’s not forget, children’s brains at this age are hungry for engagement. The reason they turn to the devices is to satisfy that need for engagement.
One way to have a pattern interrupt is to get down on the floor with your kids. Be present with them. And if you can’t get into their world, bring them into yours in a meaningful way that allows them to spend time with you away from their devices. This means that you’ll have to put your devices down as well.
During the Pandemic, families have experienced a considerable increase in screen time for the kiddos due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Many kids spend hours a day in a virtual classroom. Technology can be essential for maintaining contact with family and friends. It was an excellent way to keep in touch with my grandkids and kids during the Pandemic. Our grandkids used facetime and kids’ messenger to talk with us. As the guidance during the pandemic changes, it is essential to refocus on how much screen time our kids have and how they use their screen time.
Sit down, grab a book, and enjoy some quality bonding time together. You will be amazed at how fast the time goes and how much fun you can have together. You might even be more surprised when your child starts wanting to spend time with you instead of their devices.
When appropriate for your child to be online, here is some excellent content that you can feel good about your child watching.
- Dr. Joanette MD Storytime https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJIyTY8xRo93snPJrXG4NSw
- Storytime with Anne and Rocco: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvXV5ifZ3zwk8vy5HLT86TQ
- Pokemon – A Cosmic Kids yoga adventure https://youtu.be/tbCjkPlsaes