Lucky Seven Family

Tuesday Tip #23: Screen Time

Limiting screen time is no new topic for families.  For our blended family, screen time can consume us!  With iPods, iPhones, Kindles, Samsung tablets, and iPads we find ourselves with five kids that are totally consumed with games, texting and Instagram.  Given we only spend weekends, holidays and vacations together, our time as a family is limited.  We’ve decided to limit electronics on vacations to specific periods that coincide with some much needed “down-time”.  Early mornings can be a difficult time for our blended family; two boys that wake up with the sunrise, stomp around, and try to wake the entire household versus two little night owls that prefer to sleep in after a late night of reading make striking a morning balance difficult.  Limited screen time in the early morning allows for the early birds to watch lax videos or play games quietly while giving the sleepy heads an extra hour of rest.  We’ve also decided to “collect” the electronics in a central, adult-controlled location so that the kids aren’t tempted by their electronics at every turn.  This approach gives us controlled quiet time while still allowing for plenty of time for important family discussions and interactions!

I would love to hear how other blended families deal with screen time – give us your input today!

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