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13 Things to Do Before Screen Time

Nowadays we are finding kids clinging onto technology and forgetting all about their responsibilities.

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24 July 2016

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13 Things to Do Before Screen Time

Thinking back to the good old days when we were once children ourselves, our fondest memories included family outings at the park, bike rides, swimming, building forts, playing in the great outdoors or partaking in our favourite hobbies.

We had very vivid and creative imaginations and could make a game out of practically anything.

Money, technology and parental supervision were something that was not necessarily needed to keep us entertained. We were young, full of energy and our imaginations had no limits.

Life was good and we were happy.

Fast forward 20 or so years later, technology has made an immense impact on the families of the 21st century, where it has (in often cases) damaged the fabric that once held families (and their quality time) together.

With a very busy and hectic schedule for parents that includes school for the kids, work, house chores and more, life has taken a toll on adults, and parents are now left to greatly depend on technology to keep their children busy as they trek through their active and overloaded lives.

This technological lifestyle has become such a norm that even traditional family dinner time is not always the traditional meal time that once gathered the families together to talk about their day and share a hot meal as it did before, in fact, dinner time for many families can be considered eating a quick meal in front of the television or even in separate rooms.

Entertainment technology alone has advanced in such a way that has subconsciously limited children from their very own imagination and creativity.

The more children use technology the more they may be limited mentally and physically.

Technology has affected children as it has taken over their mind, thus leaving children inattentive, restless and often developmentally delayed, causing for poor behaviour and performance in the classroom.

Aside from the control that technology has on children’s mental state, technology also encourages a sedentary lifestyle for children and adults alike, giving opportunity for ailments and preventable diseases to spread into the body.

If you’re trying to find ways to get your kids off their devices and stimulate them mentally and physically, and bring back the good old family core values that you grew up with as a child, perhaps a little technological limitations is all you need.

Here are some rules that you can set before for your kids that must be completed prior to using their devices.

No screen time until you…

  • Read a book for 20 minutes
  • Finish your homework
  • Write in your diary
  • Colour a picture in your colouring book
  • Create a drawing
  • Tidy your room
  • Wash the dishes
  • Do the chores
  • Play outside for 30 minutes
  • Walk the dog
  • Do the laundry
  • Build a fort
  • Play with your toys