Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting
December 12, 2016
Day 12: Designate Screen-Free Time
While there are certainly many advantages to the technological advances we have seen in the last decade, there are also many crippling effects. Just like with anything, it is crucial to develop some balance, and, in turn, model appropriate balance for our children.
Some of the most obvious negative effects reported?
--Disrupted sleep patterns
--Lack of physical activity
--Poor eating patterns
--Ill- developed social skills
--Decline in critical thinking skills
--Poor academic performance
More significant effects?
--Violent thoughts and behavior
These more signifant effects, in my opinion, most likely can't be attributed to one factor. Unfortunately, however, it isn't always clear to what a child is predisposed. So, boundaries and mindfulness are always crucical.
Designating screen-free time can look different for each family? Some ideas:
--Declare one day a week as screen-free. Or, maybe a part of that day.
--Have screen-free zones! I think the dinner table, at home or out at a restaurant, should be a screen-free zone. ( I will have to get in to "why" in another post)
--Maybe screen time is earned when homework and chores are done.
The main point is that there needs to be guidance and boundaries: for you AND your children.
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