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Mama Drama: Negotiating Summer Screen Time Limits

Dear Mama Drama:

Now that we’re into the lazy days of summer, I’m finding my kids are spending an inordinate amount of time in front screens of all sizes. I want to be flexible, but also want to have some limits. Playing outside and being creative are things I’d like to be part of their summer, but they get hooked into electronics and have a hard time stopping.

How can I help them find a better balance?

~Screen Weary Mama

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Dear Screen Weary:

You can be certain there are mamas all over the country asking themselves this exact question. I know our mothers did and they only had televisions to worry about. With so many screen options in our children’s lives, it is important to have ongoing conversations about screen time.

So, the first step is to start that conversation with your kids today. Some things to discuss and negotiate are: