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HOW I QUIT SCREEN TIME FOR MY KID

I was out for dinner, there was a family having dinner right beside my table. As their food arrives, the mother pulls out her phone and place in front of the kid, as soon she played the video, the kid started eating. As she noticed me watching, she grinned and said: "He doesn’t eat without watching videos on phone”.

I was shocked and released that now, this is the thing everywhere, I have seen so many times in a local train, parks, malls whenever kids get cranky, most of the mothers give their mobile phone to watch videos. I understand even they get tired continuously handling the baby and need some peace of mind but unknowingly they are creating an addiction for their babies which can affect their overall brain development and also the light will put a strain on eyes which is not good at such a young age.

W.H.O recommends not giving any screen time for kids below two. Headaches, nausea and dry eyes may also accompany this. Another potential effect of too much screen time is myopia (In myopia, close objects look clear but distant objects appear blurred).

To be honest, when am alone at home and want to get some work done, even I used to put on some cartoon on TV. At times, when he gets cranky then I used to give him my phone to just scroll without releasing that slowly it will turn into a habit.

After this whole incident, this thing kept running in my mind back and forth. I knew it is not a good habit in the long run and this will have a negative effect on him, also it will be easier to stop him now than later. So, we decided that no screen time for my kiddo from now on.

We followed a few things in order to keep him busy so, he don't ask for any screen time.

Trust me this worked for us, now he plays with his toy and now don’t even ask for the phone even if it is in front of him. So, here are my suggestions on how to avoid screen time.

• If they ask for a phone, firmly say no even if they cry, just divert his attention. Just keep it away and do not give them after a day or two they will know, that mom is not going to give in.

• Whenever they ask for a phone or ask to switch on TV distract them, I always take him to the balcony and show him birds, cars, star, moons, etc. or give him something else like a toy to play with so that divert his mind and he forgets about it.

• Limit your phone and TV usage in front of kid (apart from anything important.). Kids imitate their parents, so if you are busy on phone in front of him day in and out, watching videos and playing games, then he will want it too. So, avoid using phones as much as you can in front of him.

• Kids get bored easily, so engage them in some activity and play with them. Spend some quality time. Sing rhymes and in act to them, read books or play with them with their toys. My kid love to play with his ball, so engage in something which they will enjoy and physical activity is good for kids.

• If you have some work to do and you are alone, then give them some activity like give crayons and book to color, puzzles, Lego any games, which they can play alone. If they are small, give shape or color box toys, those musical toys so they can sort it. Teach them how to do it and keep talking to them in between.

• You can also play rhymes on speaker and let them learn instead of giving a phone or watching TV. Nowadays, you can find tons of activity to keep your kid engage just Google.

• Strictly, no screen time while eating, not for you not for them (they learn from you, so build good habits from now). Let them sit with you to eat, make dinner & lunchtime fun. I know it is far difficult than to say, but once you do it daily, they will get used to it.

I make my son seat on a high chair near me and feed him; I talk to him a lot, sing rhymes and tell him stories and all. If that does not work put the chair near the window or in the balcony, show him birds, sky, moon, make stories and feed. (This works for me every time, this is actually my MIL idea)

• Make sure that you take them to park at least 10 minutes, so they play and enjoy nature. It is very important for kids to go out and breathe fresh air, let them enjoy the real childhood which we enjoyed. Let them get dirty and sweaty, this is an important part of being a kid. This all makes them tired and they go to bed early, this will give you some me time as well. Therefore, it is a win-win situation for both of you.

• I know there are moms who are all alone and sometimes it gets difficult to do household chores as kids just do not stay at one place, give them spoon and bowl to play, let them play near you while you finish your work. When I am alone at home and I want to cook, I always put my son on the high chair and take him to the kitchen, he plays near me and sees what I am doing. I give me vegetables, wheat dough to play with and he enjoys that a lot.

• When you are out of traveling, take his small toys along so that can keep him busy. If nothing works, let him see through the window and enjoy nature.

This all things worked for me really well and even helped us to get some digital detox.

Now, most of our evening is spent playing with my son instead of scrolling the phones. Thanks to my son, as it brought a good change in our lifestyle.

I hope the above tips will help you as it helped me.

Let me know if you all have any tips to add to this, which can help other moms.

Stay Happy, Stay blessed. Happy Parenting.

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Khushboo Chouhan

Very nicely written... superb post

Hey so no mobile phones!!! Where ever I go I see.kids with their phones, really helpful posts ☺️☺️👍👍

Very nice post really very helpful too I m gonna share it with my friends who have babies or children
Now a days we can see every where parents just pas the mobile to children.during summer vacation I used to go park with my aayush there I saw a woman who has a one and a half year boy . whenever I saw her she will be with her phone and her kid would be far away from her.I went to her and told her that please take care of your child. If your mobile is missing or lost you can buy it from shop but if u lost Ur kid because of irresponsible u can't buy him . .u came here to play with Ur child okay .give some time to Ur kid instead of being busy with mobile .when u get little old Mobile won't take place of Ur kid to care about u
I never saw her after that day

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Exactly true,mobile phones these days become the need of small kids.It should be stopped so that it will not become their habit.Parents should be strict.Very helpful post n it is the need of today

Very useful post

Very good post and important as well 👌👍

Superb post bookmarked 👍👍👍

Very helpful

Definitely no mobile phones to Atarah as well. Alexa helps.

It's all upon us that our kids get addicted to screen

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Children imitate us. What we do, they learn.

That's leading by examples

Super yaar... Nice one 👍

Good share! Much needed


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