Want to have more family time and reconnect? Actually have a discussion without someone’s nose touching a screen? Get rid of those tantrums and fights over screen time or which shows to watch? Plus save some cash?
Technology can become such a pervasive part of the world that it can create blocks between husbands and wives, as well as parents and children. There has been a couple times where my husband and I have decided to hide away all televisions, tablets, and smart phones completely for a few weeks. As you can imagine, this ultimately was a struggle and when the weeks ended we grabbed those devices right back up! Now that our little one is coming into toddlerhood, we decided to revisit the amount of screen time in our day-to-day lives. We know families that have a screen-free home. I wish I was that strong in this stage of my life, but honestly we enjoy our occasional movies and social media far too much for complete riddance of it all.
So here is how to create that happy medium of connected family and controlled technology!
Screens Away and Children Play
So catchy, right? When the children are awake, then all screens are tucked away or covered. Honestly, I throw a swaddle blanket over the oversized television screen in our living room. It makes the blank TV screen less of the center of attention. So keep that part simple. If the kids are up, all screens are tucked away.
*I only have my little one at the moment, so no screens are for the best for us. However, if you have older children then stick to hour or so midday if home. Do not save screen time for later at night since everyone is more tired and cranky. Plus evening is time to settle in for the night and perfect time for the whole family to be together.
Making Movies Special
I remember being so excited when we were able to pick out and watch movies on Friday night from the movie store. Since those are all out of business big time, I refer you instead to your local library. You could be amazed about what movies you can rent for free with a library card. Your child will get that joy of choosing the right one or two movies for the week! Go once a week or less to choose a few movies. So now you are not devoid of any movie time with your kiddos, but you do not get sucked into the vortex of episode upon episode, season upon season!
Nap Time, Whip that Phone Out!
This part can be flexible about how much technology you really want to give up. I am usually stuck underneath a sleeping toddler for a duration of nap time so my handy dandy phone becomes very usual to occupy my time. If you need to get things other things done, keep that phone tucked away. If you just need to catch up on social media or just need to chill out and Pinterest then wipe that phone for that nap time break. It will be less tempting to use the phone when they are awake since you got a wee fix in, I promise!
Do not keep technology rules set in stone. Children get older, habits and hobbies change. My husband and I reconnect some nights while playing video games after the little one is fast asleep. That is something that works for us, well other couples may need to keep technology completely out of it to really reconnect.
So stay flexible and work out what is best for your individual family. It may be difficult at first, but you will reap the benefits!
**disclaimer, I do not pretend to be an expert, but rather just sharing the knowledge and experiences that I have personally. Please read the disclaimer**