Replacing Screentime

The key is to not just say, but do. Offer more attractive alternatives. And don’t just encourage other activities; actually get involved. Do things your kids like to do. Take them places they like to go. Help them learn a sport. Help them learn to play an instrument.

Make it easy for friends to visit, and for them to visit friends — in real life, not virtually.

And don’t just get involved in their lives; let them get involved in yours. Have your kids help you plan the next family vacation. Ask your kids to give you advice. Discuss a problem you’re facing and ask how they would solve it. Few things are more flattering than being asked for advice. (That’s true for kids as well as adults.)

https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/a-study-of-1-million-teenagers-shows-happiest-kids-spend-this-much-screen-time-every-day.html

Perfect advice in this article about not only limiting kid’s screentime, but also readily replacing screentime.

It seems simple enough, although not always. It is easy to fall into habits of escape and routine, especially because many digital media are designed to be habit forming.

Constantly breaking habits is a useful mindset to be in, when thinking about family dynamics in the modern age.

I love the part here about letting kids help plan the next vacation (for example). I am always amazed at kids when I challenge them with tasks much higher than what they are used to. It’s that zone of proximal development – don’t worry too much about the level of the task, be concerned more with the scaffolding.

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