This week’s episode is all about screen time. Given: Unlimited screen time is bad. But how much is okay? How much is too much? How do you handle the nightly battles of “But PLEASE, Mom! Just one more level!” when it’s time to unplug?
Most importantly: is it ever okay to let our kids’ brains melt just long enough to get dinner finished?
In this episode, we talk about how to limit screen time for each age group– toddlers to teens– while acknowledging that screens are an increasing part of our children’s lives, both inside the classroom and out.
Since we recorded this episode the American Academy of Pediatrics has lifted its draconian “no screens under two” rule, which we heartily agree with. Encourage parents to make good choices; don’t treat us like idiots who are incapable of exercising judgment. Really, don’t. You wouldn’t like us when we’re angry.
Here’s links to other writing and products mentioned in this episode:
- sabbathmanifesto.org (National Day of Unplugging)
- Time Timer
- Happens Every Day by Isabel Gillies (not at all *about* screen time, but a great read which mentions the importance of frequent and casual conversation with your kids)
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (in case you need to be reminded why unlimited screen time is bad)
- Louis CK Hates Cell Phones