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Parents have choices...if no screen it is....find something to replace it.
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I had five children in six and a half years. I got into a routine so that the children knew what their day would be. In the afternoon it was bath at four pm and dinner at five pm and bed was six pm. I stayed outside their rooms at night and read a book. If I heard them stir I go in quietly and break the wind /change the nappy and put on quiet music for them to listen to. It worked as they had no idea that other children went into their parents room and stayed there.
We did not live in a screen babysitter time so we kept a routine. I had twins to begin with and a year later another child arrived with a break of two years between the next two births.
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My kids went to bed every night watching their favourite dvd in their rooms. It was how they settled for the night as they hated bedtime reading.
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Yes, this so much. As long as it is balanced with play and outdoor time I really don't see the issue. Parents don't need unrealistic guidelines, we need practical guidelines. Saying"no screen time" is ridiculous. They're going to get screen time one way or the other.
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It is, in my opinion, not the time spent on screens that is the problem but what that replaces? Interaction with parents, friends? Physical activity? Being outside? Playing games?
I was worried about my sons love and worship for ‘the screen’ but now I don’t, I address it with balance: morning out playing? Come home and chill out on the pad for half an hour. (Or in the real world, until I get the jobs done!)
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The WHO warns of ‘too much’ screen time and she’s worried about a bit of Peppa Pig?!
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It’s good to know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Maybe we should talk about the privilege that this whole “no screens for kids” movement implies? Has nobody in the upper echelon of the WHO ever come home exhausted to an equally exhausted spouse and a cranky child who’s still awake? Do they never find themselves stuck at home, desperately trying to get some work done while their child has a fever and can’t go to school?
And equally important: have they ever tried to actually ban something for a child? My parents did their best to limit my screen time when I was young. The result: I’m a screen junky now. An anecdote I know. But I don’t think I’m alone.
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Has no one ever felt like chilling out in front of the tv for half an hour/an hour after a busy day? I don’t know why it’s so different for children. A small amount of tv is nice for down time/relaxation/cuddle time.
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It's just amazing how those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s, when such on demand entertainment was simply unavailable, survived, isn't it? We had to.... shock, horror, DO things. And, cover your ears, we were sometimes BORED!
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Screen time isn't a new phenomena. They've had children's TV since the 40s. At the risk of doing the old 'it didn't do me any harm' I remember watching Thundercats, Dungeons and Dragons, Dogtanian, Cities of Gold etc, etc. The 80s/90s had lots of children's entertainment and it was far less educational than stuff you find on Cbeebies.
As others have pointed out, it's about balance.
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Simple: screens are part of everyday life, so as a parent you have to teach your kids how to manage them in a healthy manner - as with all things that are part of our world. Banning screens does not accomplish this. Clear communication and boundaries are key. And so what if it comes in handy in your schedule once in a while? We're all humans, we're not perfect. And anyone implying working parents want an"easy" ride, is delusional. Everyone wants what's best for their kids.
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