Electronics and Kids. Where is the balance?
I felt like I was slowly losing my children to the world of electronics. Why must I compete with the iPad and Netflix??
When my 2-year-old started screaming all day for the “hi-pad”, I went to bed thinking I needed an attack plan.
So I came up with the “electronics bin”.
This is a basket in our pantry. All the iPads, my computer, my phone, and even hubby’s phone when he gets home from work goes into the bin.
The kids must ask to use electronics.
They also know that I am going to ask them if they have read a book or read to a sibling, practiced piano or played a game before saying yes.
I will also check their chore chart and usually come up with something for them to do.
So after that initial asking, they get set on a different activity and completely forget about the iPad.
By diverting their attention, they end up playing a game together and finishing their responsibilities for the day.
A win-win for us all.
One key thing I fell like this is instilling in my children is diligence.
It just depends on how diligent they are in finishing their work. Work hard, play hard.
My hubby has a special ring tone so I know if he needs me. But everyone else will have to wait.
There is too much schoolwork, housework, and fun to be had in our home.
I will not waste my life looking at a screen all day when I have littles around!
What about you?
Want to give the electronics bin a try?
It is a simple alternative to kids looking at screens all day long.
You will be pleasantly surprised.
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