Abdullah Ansari narrated the story
In this fast progressing time, the issue of excess screen time has been growing up rapidly. Parents of today’s age are putting their effort to find the solution of keeping away their children from the screen.
The kid of today is addicted to spend much of its time with Screen, that many parents are fed up and are finding solutions to resolve the problem.
I am here to share my experience and tips, because I have a 4-year-old daughter who acts like what I want her to do, when it comes to screen time. By sharing the following tips, I am hopeful that it may be helpful for many parents who are finding ways to get rid of screen time addiction their children are having.
1. Reduction in time of screen of your own
The first and the most important thing or idea to explore on other is to develop that in your personality, that is if you discipline yourself then definitely your kids will do the same. It’s all about what they are observing. If they always look at you, spending much of the time into screens, like seeing TV, Tab, cellphone, etc. that’s what they will start to adopt in their personality too. To keep yourself busy adopt some other activities. For example Reading books, cooking in the kitchen or keeping pets that would be helpful a lot.
2. Reduction in the number of screens at home
You are having a phone and your wife has also phone. Then, secondly there is a big LED TV in your lounge and similarly and another one in your bedroom. Thirdly, you have a laptop, your wife has a laptop as well as a tab too. Do you really think that having so many gadgets, your kid will be able to keep away from screens. I won’t put my example here as there is no TV at my home but, relax we have laptops. If you can think deeply you can see that minimisation of so many gadgets can be much more helpful for a reduction of screen time in kids for example Leave your laptop at office can be a good idea. Saying No to the usage of tab is an another better idea.
Hence, the more the number of gadgets of increasing screen time , the more time your kid will spend with it.
3. Turn off the TV when you’re not watching it
I have seen many people addicted to TV, whether they are watching or not the TV is in the ON position every time. It’s quite straight forward to say but if you are not watching TV just turn it off. 24/7 running transmissions even at the dinner time as well as in family get-together parties TV is running with a very low volume in the background too. Just turn off the damn thing if you are not in need to watch it but many people can’t even digest the food without TV.
In turn, your kid start to develop an idea that you don’t turn on the TV for a specific show, it will be only turned off occasionally.
4. Don’t provide it to your kids’ demands
If your child is very addicted to the screen and you want to minimise this habit ; it will be really tough situation for you. It’s the same circumstances like a drug addict who shows violent behaviour when hearing a No for an answer. When a drug addicted is admitted to the centre, the staff though never fulfil the demands of patients because it is part of treatment. While doing the treatment of your screen-addict kid, you need to follow the same Rules and Regulation. However, if your kid is still very young, I would advise you to move him to using channels like Baby TV. Because these channels can not only keep your child busy for hours but also a learning source of etiquette and other thing.
If your kid gets so habitual of looking into the screen for hours from the very beginning that it is habitual of watching it then that would be a cause of problem for you to help him neglecting the habit at a later stage.
5. Parents should work as a team instead of blaming each other.
No one admits their mistake in the end they both blame each other. Fathers always use to blame mothers for having screen addiction in children. Fathers mostly believe that it’s only the mothers’ responsibility to keep children busy with different activities at home and mothers are the only one who can control the screen time of kids.
Mothers instead of admitting their mistake blames father’s that upbringing of a kid is not only her responsibility and from their the arguments go on and on. Don’t get into this useless argument. Rather, work together as a team to find a solution to that problem. For example, a father can plan a vacation for kids so that he can spend much of his time with his kids. In this way he can keep an eye on the activities of kids or he can also take a leave from the office for the couple of weeks from his office to ensure their kid is adopting healthier routine with reduced or no screen time.
In this way a father can help his wife for developing healthy routine in their kids life.
Every thing is possible just we have to take a step for it.
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