The Secret of How to Get Your Kids off Devices – I’m sharing a little tactic to help get your kids mind off those devices!
The Secret of How to Get Your Kids off Devices
I am sharing a little unusual but still very pertinent post for this blog: The Secret of How to Get Your Kids off Devices.
I recently had a “light bulb” moment as a parent when I was in the house all day doing some Spring Cleaning.
Sometimes, we let our daughter watch education videos or play games on one of the several mobile devices we own, i.e. iPhone, iPad, etc. On this particular day, I want to to try to get through the day without her on the device and instead, helping me with chores or engaged in play with her actual, physical toys while I tackled some much needed Spring cleaning in our house.
Here’s what I did: When she asked to watch something, I asked her what she wanted to watch and then she would answer, then I asked, why did she want to watch it? Then she would answer, they I would ask, “Why did she like that show?” or “How did it make her feel? Then she would answer.
You can go through the questions starting with “who, what, where, when and why” and just keep on coming up with questions, you might find yourself amused with the things your child says too!
My daughter is in the 3-4 age range, so this parenting tactic might not apply to a younger, non-verbal child or an older one.
We would go back and forth with this question and answer game for a few minutes, I would draw it out as long as I could, changing up the questions every time.
Here’s the amazing thing…eventually, she would forget about the device and show, discover some of her toys and start playing with them instead!
Now, I had to keep this tactic up all day, but the more I did it, the more it worked.
It certainly helps if you are well rested and are doing something where you can keep talking to your kid(s) – like house chores, organizing, perhaps outside/garden work, etc.
It worked so well that I told my husband about it when he got home. Now, sometimes, there are time when the devices come in handy like long car trips, waiting at the doctor’s offices, etc. but if there are times like the day above that I described where you can employ this simple tactic, which is actually, simply, just talking to your child, then bravo!
What do you do to help get your kids off devices? Please share in the comments below!
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