15 Moms on How They Finally Ended Screen-Time Battles

Wendy Robinson | Apr 7, 2017 Big Kid
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  • Make Screen Time into Family Time

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    "My concern with screen time is that everyone retreats into their own rooms, and we aren't interacting at all. So we made a rule that we have screen time from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. but we do it together, around the table. We end up sharing funny videos, and I also know a lot more about what games they are into, which I think is good." -- Audrey V., Blaine, Minnesota 

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  • Give Yourself Time to Cook in Peace

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    "I swore that I wouldn't let my kids have screen time, including TV, until they were at least 4. But then my kid turned 2 and all hell broke loose, especially by the end of the day. My kid was driving me nuts when I was trying to make dinner every night. So I've decided that screen time is available every night when I'm making dinner. I can cook in peace, and he gets a cartoon fix. Screen time isn't bad if it keeps me from going nuts every night." -- Kelly S., Burlington, Vermont 

  • Let Your Kid Code

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    "I think about screen time as either being active or passive. I hate the passive stuff, like the watching of Minecraft videos, but I don't mind the active stuff, like when she works on her girl coding club exercises or [is] actually playing Minecraft. I limit the passive stuff to no more than 30 minutes per day but the active stuff is unlimited. It works for us." -- Christy T., Jessup, Maryland

  • The Hard Truth

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    "The hard truth about screen: I had to admit that I was setting a terrible example. I was on my phone all the time. Like, seriously, all the time. Of course the kids would want to be on a screen all the time too. So I made a rule for myself that I don't zone out on my phone while the kids are still up. All of us are more into doing other stuff when the phones are put away." -- Mandy B., Duluth, Minnesota 

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