This mum is sick of fighting the endless screen time battle with her toddler.
Turning to MoM answers for some advice the mum shared, “How much screen time is appropriate for a 3 yr old?
“I’ve tried keeping TV/iPad and phones away and then I’ve included it as a reward at the end of the week but my 3 yr old is obsessed and asks us non-stop.
“I’ve decided to just throw in the towel and let him have it more often (still keeping the times and duration to what I think is appropriate) in the hopes that he will loose interest like he has with a lot of his toys and stop obsessing over it. Any advice?”
One mum said, “Pretty sure kids under 3 should have zero screen time, which is difficult, my son watches movies and stuff!
But I think from 3 onwards, not more than 1 hour a day? We are trying to go off it more and more!
I find if we ever cut screen time out completely, that they stop asking for it because they realise they won’t get it.”
Another mum said she wouldn’t be giving him any! “None in my opinion. I know it’s unrealistic, but ideally children shouldn’t have a lot of screen time until they are at least 7 because their brains are really sensitive at this time.”
“I feel like the recommendation can be so unrealistic. We are busy mums and often have a handful going on. I think if it’s educational then why not. Obviously treating it like a reward will only mean they’d crave it more. Make it feel the norm and they will be bored in no time”, wrote another.
Another shared, “I find that trying to distract my son with other activities works. Limiting it to one or two shows a day – usually just before bed so that he has something to look forward to. It s a matter of changing the routine so he doesn’t expect to watch shows.
There are still days though when I need to get things done and the ipad comes out.”
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