Every year we look forward to the start of school with the anticipation of new clothes, new friends, new routines. Each school year brings new challenges and expectations, and it’s tough to make the transition from the summer.
During the summer, we want our kids to relax, explore, have new experiences, and we often drop some of the more stringent school year rules like bedtimes and screen time. So how will we pull back and find the balance we need when the school year begins?
The start of school is an excellent time to set up household expectations for screen time. Fortunately, as a parent you can lean on the evidence provided by research, and the advice you get from the school to add weight to your home rules for the school year.
There has been much written on the issue of the ubiquity of screens in our children’s lives. It is our responsibility to gain awareness of our own habits, and to accept that we might need some help, too. I think this simple article in WIRED takes a great approach, and might make sense to your children, too.
You might walk through the “pyramid” with your older children and talk with them about their thoughts on these suggestions. For parents of younger children, this list can provide guidelines for establishing a structure and some logic to how you manage screens and online experiences with your growing children.
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I hope these resources will help make the transition into fall a bit easier for everyone!