Today, I am requesting your input. My husband and I are in discussion regarding guidelines about “screen time” for our kids.
For those of you who have been following my blog, you are aware of my concerns about the vast number of hours children and teens spend in front of smartphones, smart tablets, laptops, desktops, and television.
The National Institute of Health has determined that the average child spends 5-7 hours PER DAY in front of a screen. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next set of published data shows a substantial increase.
Technology is changing at such a rapid rate that we cannot yet be certain about the effects this behavioral activity has on the developing brain.
My husband is less concerned about the effects than I. We are trying to come to a compromise that each of us can implement in a consistent manner.
Much is written about how couples need to present a unified front to children in matters of guidelines. Obviously, this is true of other family issues; if the kids see that the parents disagree, mixed messages will confuse and ultimately prevent the success of teaching principles.
So, I would welcome your input/experiences regarding how you and your spouse have reached agreements when conflicts such as these arise.
Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be most grateful.