I have a 5 and 2 year old and never thought I’d need to “unplug” them but there it is. I unplugged them over our Xmas/New Year holiday and lived to tell the tale. Prior to children, I was one of those judgemental non-parents who was never going to let my children use screens prior to school. Well, in reality they do use iPads and iPhones occasionally but they ask for them constantly. Seriously, it’s like technological crack. I’m tired of arguing over why they can only have a short play. I’m tired of them favouring a screen over physical toys. But mostly, I’m tired that I have to monitor them. Over the holidays, our new rule was that there were no screens and my husband and I also put away our gadgets (well, until the kids went to bed). We had 3 days of intermittent whinging and whining before they seemed to forget all about the screens. It was lovely to play real games with them, to watch them play with each other and to use their little brains to actually make up games and stories. Now that we’re home, it’s a struggle to not slip back into old habits but I will endeavour to try to limit our screen time here too. It’s a slippery slope!!!
Posted anonymously, 2nd January 2016