Step 4: Stick to the plan
Be clear about the expectations for both you and your kids. As parents, we can all remember back to a time when we were told the adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Right?
When it comes to screen time, that’s probably not the most effective way to motivate kids. Once you, your partner, and your kids have all agreed on a plan and set limits, you can start off on the right track by becoming the example. At mealtime, resist the urge to pick up your smartphone when you hear an email notification. Work can wait. And kids will notice your restraint.
If you’ve all agreed to a family game night that’s screen-free, make it easy for everyone to avoid their phones by limiting screen time with Circle’s Focus Time functionality.
For healthy habits at bedtime, you can preschedule the Internet to shut off on all (or some) devices on that night. When it’s time for bed, make a clean break with any devices that could prevent you and your kids from getting good REM sleep with Circle’s Bedtime feature. Once the lack of screen time starts to feel routine at certain parts of the day, your family won’t even notice they’re gone.
Remember, You Can Do This
Don’t be too hard on yourself if screen time has become a bigger part of your family routine than it used to be. The pandemic has been hard. We’re all still trying to get back to normal. With the right tools, a little planning, and a newfound commitment to stick to the plan, we know you can do this!
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