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How can I negotiate screentime limits with my kids?

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:

Mama Drama: Surviving Children’s Electronic Overload

Dear Mama Drama:

My kids are always watching television and playing video or computer games. They fuss at me when I tell them to turn them off and do something else. They say everything else is boring. I’m exasperated and don’t know what to do to get them off of the electronics.

~ Electrified Mama

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Dear Electrified:

It can be challenging to limit our children’s exposure to electronics and television with the easy access and all the pressure from peers to play. As parents we have to help our children find the balance by