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More kids have access to screens these days from tablets to phones to video games. With schools bringing technology into their learning environments, I know that your tween is most likely getting more screen time than you ever thought they would.

Tips on cutting down on screen time!

1.Observation is key. How much screen time are your tweens and teens actually getting? Set limits based on observations and develop a plan. Allow your children to be involved in the decisions. Kids want to be involved in the decision making process, allow them to observe their own behaviors and talk through that with them. Also, allow them to come up with healthy solutions/consequences. Be clear on the rules and then enforce them. Broken rules require consequences.

2.Create some healthy boundaries, hourly limit? No phones in the bedrooms at night, no phones at the dinner table, no looking at the phone while someone is talking to the phone holder. 

3.What is best for your family? I would rather teach my children how to utilize technology and properly manage their screen time now, than set them up for failure as adults. Avoid being a hypocrite! It’s hard to set and enforce limits if you don’t abide by any yourself. Lead by example.

 

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