It can be a real challenge to manage screen time during the holidays. We want to be more lenient and relaxed, but we know we can’t just leave them in front of the screens all the time. Here are 3 ways to make managing their screen time easier

 

 

  1. Plan the structure of their day

When our children are home all day everyday without much structure, it makes it harder to manage screen time. How can you break up their day? For example

Can they have some form of outside time each day?

Can they have some quality time with you each day?

Can they have an outing to a friend or family member some days?

How much time are they capable of playing on their own?

When you create consistent blocks for these activities each day, it prevents you from having to manage screen time during these hours. What would you need in place to have this structure? What could you helper do to manage this time? Who else can support you? When there is variety, your children get less bored, and they don’t “need” the screen time as much

  1. Get clear on the new rules around screen time

Teaching your children that there are different rules during school time and holidays is important. What is the clarity of these rules? When rules are clear and agreed on, there is less opportunity for negotiation. 

  • Think about what is practical 
  • What amount of screen time feels enough? What do they think about that?

Have a discussion with your children and decide on a system – how many hours and when

“They get to play ??hours a day between this time and that time” – choose a time that works for you and them. For example, when you need to do some work or when they have come back from an outing and need rest time. 

 

  1. Have clarity that with freedom comes responsibility

Once you have agreed on a time for screen time you can also agree on their responsibility in this freedom. For example: 

  • Extra screen time means they are able to switch off the screen when their time is up
  • Extra screen time means there is no nagging for more time
  • Extra screen time means they get dressed and brush their teeth each day without being reminded

This is a great opportunity to teach them that with freedom comes responsibility. It develops a healthy sense of power in them that they are creating their freedom by taking responsibility and it isn’t just your rules. 

Agreeing on consequences is the next step

  • If there is nagging – no screen time tomorrow
  • If they don’t get up and dressed – no screen time tomorrow
  • If they don’t switch off when their time I up – no screen time tomorrow

Making the consequences short gives them the opportunity to make a new choice the next day. Our focus must be on giving them power to choose, and not making them wrong. It is up to them. If they take responsibility, they get more screen time. I see you have chosen that, what are you going to choose tomorrow?

 

There are always 2 parts to any discipline process. The planning and the managing. Often we focus only on the managing their behaviour in the moment, but when we plan and set up agreements beforehand, it makes managing the situations so much easier

In closing

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Gail is a Family Relationship Coach specialising in Parent-Child Relationships. She is passionate about empowering and inspiring parents to develop children’s self-awareness. She believes that this can be achieved by balancing parent’s needs with children’s development and happiness. Understanding how to synchronise our thoughts and emotions and what drives them ensures our happiness, and our children reaching their full potential. Gail is a Qualified NLP Practitioner, NLP Life Coach and Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner with over 10 years’ experience and success at applying these techniques to children’s learning and behaviour. Her success with her own son is proof of the possibility of true potential

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