Child psychologists and occupational therapists are finding that screen time is stunting the emotional development of children. Children are not learning strategies to self-regulate behavior since they are constantly masking their emotional problems with distracting games. Along with this expensive self-regulating strategy comes delayed development in language and social skills, poor sleep patterns, and poorer performance in school. And, what about the temper tantrum that erupts when the tablet battery dies halfway to Grandma’s?
The Canadian Paediatric Association recommends no more than 2 hours of screen time for children a day. A recent survey showed that children in grade 6-12 spend on average 8 hours a day in front of a screen. Another study showed that one in three children are using tablets before they can even talk. Screen time is becoming a serious addiction for our children’s generation and is associated with poor health related outcomes.
We encourage you to use our FREE TECHNOLOGY PASS printable to help get a handle on too much tech time in your home. Simply print, laminate and use each time your child is asking for screen or tech time. Have a conversation with your child about why you are using this tool, discuss a fair limit and get a commitment from your child.
When it comes to responsibilities for kids at home many things have changed since I was a kid. When my generation was growing up most kids learned to cook, clean, tidy up after themselves, manage their own schedules and more. Today, many kids are living in the “age of entitlement” where very few responsibilities fall on them, and many don’t know how to complete the simplest of household chores.
Teaching responsibility to kids by assigning them age-appropriate chores helps to build independence, a sense of self and prepares them for what lies ahead.
We encourage you to use this great FREE PRINTABLE to help kids become more responsible at home.
Discuss with your children some tasks they can help with on a daily basis and add these to the chart. Be sure to review this with the kids, confirm the expectations, and get their commitment.
Here are some age-appropriate tasks or “chores” as suggestions: