Screen Time

My child loves the tablet. She asks for it first thing in the morning, again when she comes home from school, and again before bed.  She is mesmerized by the tablet. Glued to it and it is getting to the point when I take it away she has a tantrum. It is getting to the point where as soon as I take out the tablet to pay a bill she screams for it. I’ll admit it, sometimes it is just easier to give her a tablet if she gets restless. It’s probably not the best option, but most parents do it.  It got me wondering…how much screen time is too much screen time?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics  kids between the ages of 2 to 5 years old should be limited to one hour of screen time a day and infants 18 months and younger should not be exposed to any

Toddler on a phone
Toddler on a phone

digital media.

My child watches more than one hour of screen time a day and the baby has some screen time because of her sister. It is hard to avoid with screens all around us 24/7. We read with both kids everyday and I’ll admit, maybe I should read with her more. We play with dolls in her playroom and maybe I should do that more.  It is hard to find the time sometimes and believe me I understand.  I think I might have to hide the tablet and both of us go on a tablet free diet.

 

 

 

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