By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media
Facebook addiction. Constant texting. Sneaking Candy Crush. Oversharing. No, it's not your kids -- it's YOU. When it comes to managing your kids' screen time, there's no shortage of ideas for setting limits. But what about your needs? Recent studies (and digital detox stories) on parents' screen habits point to device-distracted moms and dads as a growing problem for kids. It's enough to make you want to maybe-just-maybe turn off your phone and shut down your devices. But how to actually do that? These tips can help.
- Keep a running list of "Things to google later." There's a scene in the Ben Stiller movie While We're Young where the childless hipsters decide against googling a word in favor of just not knowing. In fact, staying in the conversation and not checking your phone for an answer or information can lead to even more conversation. Decide what's critical to know immediately (allergic reactions, for example) and what's just good to know (where Legos were invented). Tell your kids to keep you accountable.
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