It will be hard, but SO worth it… technology can be addicting to our kids and even for us (because it makes life easier when they are watching a show & we can be doing what we need to do), but that is what makes it even more important that we break the cycle & limit it.

I don’t have certain limits set up like “You get 20 minutes a day”, I just monitor it.  We don’t watch it during the school week (because it causes the kids to run behind in the morning), so I just keep an eye on them on the weekends.

A few things you should know: 1).  “While inmates at maximum security prisons in the U.S. are guaranteed at least 2 hours of outdoor time a day, half of children worldwide spend less than an hour outside, reports TreeHugger.com”

2).  A survey of 12,000 parents in 10 countries found that one-third of children (ages 5 to 12) spend less than 30 minutes outside each day. The survey, sponsored by Unilever laundry detergent brands OMO and Persil, inspired a new marketing campaign – “Dirt is Good – Free the Children.”  ~  ReturnToMeNow.net

3).  American children spend 5-8 hours in front of a screen per day and less than 1 hour outside (that is less than prisoners!)  Too much screen time can cause sleep problems, higher risk for attention disorders, higher risk for obesity and actually changes the chemistry of your child’s brain. I don’t know about you, but those risks scare me.  They should be outdoors getting dirty and exploring, not watching someone else having fun on TV.

I challenge you to really think about the amount of screen time your child is getting and consider implementing a screen-free day once per week or a screen-free zone such as in the car or at the dinner table where screens aren’t allowed (including parents!).Let’s give our kids the childhood they deserve and do as many of these fun activities as a family as possible.

 

To read the whole article, do visit http://www.yourmodernfamily.com.

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