• Holly

    I think we do screen time along the same lines, and I, too, have a special place in my heart for sick days spent watching Price is Right and old sitcom reruns!
    We try very hard to limit screen time to an “appropriate” amount, but it is hard to know how much is too much. I even have the worry (sometimes) that they need more screen time (ie – My 5 year old doesn’t even know how to use a mouse yet – yikes!). I do think there is a difference in active screen time (Stack the Countries app) vs. vegging out in front of tv.
    I think the thought that helps us along is – “What am I giving my kids a taste for?” Is it hungering to be outside, exploring? Is it trying new foods? Is it reading good literature? Is it good conversation around the dinner table? Is it hospitality? Is it service? Friendship? Learning? Is it turning to electronics upon the very hint of boredom? We have so much power as parents to shape our children’s tastes. I’m hoping that, as we train them to limit sweets and unhealthy food, they will learn to have a taste for good healthy food and eat sweets in moderation as adults. I’m also hoping that we will give them a taste for life with limited screen time so that they will have tools to limit themselves down the road.
    Hope your little guy is feeling better!!

  • We’re living the middle way – but I’m not sure it’s because of our great parenting decisions or whatever, but rather because we’ve been lucky to get a son who does not care much for computer games and is just as crazy about reading books as his Dad and I. So we don’t really need to limit him, because he genuinely likes other things as much or more than screen entertainment.

    We’ve had a general guideline of max 2 hours screen time per day, but don’t worry about him getting more when he’s sick. However, I must say we have been pretty deliberate and selective about what he watches, because his imagination is so vivid that any scary, violent and suspenseful stuff affects him a lot.

    And the older he’s become (he’s almost nine now), the more we discuss those choices with him. I think that is the big point: helping him to learn how to choose for himself what’s good for him – to watch, to play, to read. Making mistakes is a part of it. That’s one way how you learn. “OK, now we’ll know to avoid this kind of stuff in the future.” Of course I want to prevent the huge, obvious mistakes 🙂 but mostly keep on the positive side: helping him to find the things that are good for him to absorb.

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