That’s right I did the unthinkable, I took away screen time during the week from my school aged kids.
It wasn’t a breaking point that made me snap irrationally and take away tech. It honestly wasn’t dramatic at all, I just looked around me and knew things needed to change.
My kids are not addicted to technology nor are they obsessed with any one thing. We have multiple gaming systems that get turned on MAYBE once a month. Each child has their own Kindle Fire and they do not have any games that they are super invested in.
So why did I do something so dramatic as take away all technology time during the week?
I noticed my kids were not being creative.
I noticed my kids did not have any hobbies they stuck with long term.
I also noticed my kids were not playing together as much as they should be.
My kids are pretty busy. They each are involved in multiple activities and that means lots of coming and going. No one is old enough to be left home so they have to ride along even if it’s not for them. In the past once my kids had completed all of their homework (which includes 30 minutes of reading) they were free to use technology… and they did. If one child asked another child (who was on a tablet) to play a board game or do something together the answer was no. And that is not ok. Choosing to veg in front of the screen over doing things together is not a great habit to get into. Many days my kids were so busy they didn’t even have time for screen time but on the days they did they always chose it over other activities.
So I took that option away. Now when they have free time during the week they are crafting, playing games and being creative and I love it! They are allowed one hour of screen time per day on the weekend and it is plenty. The benefits have far outweighed the downside and this rule is not going away any time soon.
The day will come when they need technology for many things but that day is not here so I am helping them build healthy life habits that will hopefully help them balance real life with technology as they get older.