Sigh. I’m thinking about banning TV Monday through Friday. Diego is not happy.
Just had a conversation with a dear friend of ours over dinner: “Embrace technology”, seems to be Jay’s motto. He fills us in on the latest “thing” (this guy knows everything and is much more hip than us) plus he gives us recommendations for the best kid apps out there and he doesn’t even have children! Jay is a great uncle though and I trust him 100% when it comes to educational games that come in a screen. I am all for embracing technology too and feel really fortunate to offer my boys these educational gadgets.
But how much is too much screen time? With my iPhone, Jose’s iPad, the Playstation, our computer, Diego’s Leap Pad, and the TV…wowsers. Of course, we have time limits, not everything is used in one day but because we were a bit flexible over the summer I feel like all Diego thinks about is TV! He wakes up in the morning and wants to watch, then getting dressed becomes a battle. When he arrives from school he wants to watch and because he is tired he just falls into a screen coma that leaves him even more exhausted and cranky. PLUS…Santi at 21 months, wants to watch too! I didn’t have Diego doing this much at his age. I’m torn because the screens give me flexibility to finish up dinner, feed the baby or ahem…check my iPhone.
What to do? Help!! What are your rules for screen time during school days? Would love some advice.
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