#ad As each year goes by, technology becomes more a part of our everyday lives. I have really wanted to teach my kids to use tech productively, have boundaries for themselves, and have different hobbies and interests outside of having a screen in front of them and always being entertained. Unplugging and giving ourselves time limits, help create better habits overall. Creativity and stress relief are all benefits of not being plugged in all the time.
I’m not you can’t be looking at a screen at all and I’m not, you can have as much time as you want parent. Each family has their screen limit preferences that fit their family. Hopefully, you can find the perfect balance for yours.
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Creating Your Perfect Family Screen Time Plan
I love using Circle (Circle Home Plus) for helping with setting my family’s screen time. I can set a time limit, content settings, and give myself peace of mind of how much and what my kids are watching. I can use Circle to set weekend and weeknight screen time limits with the content tailored to each of my family members. On those odd days where we are all up later, I can extend everyone’s time limit if needed or use adding time as a reward. Also, on school and work days, I can set a bedtime so screen exposure is limited before bed, for better sleep.
Focus Mode- I am a homeschool parent. As we do school in the day, I like the option of setting our screens to Focus Mode on Circle so there is only access to educational content. So, my kids can use our screens during school when needed and not feel distracted by other entertainment apps or games.
Focus mode has helped teach it to be a tool and not just as entertainment. Phones are so accessible and addictive, that we tend to just pick them up every time we have a spare moment that isn’t busy. Scrolling through social media, emails, playing a game ect.. becomes a bad habit easily. If you struggle with this challenge yourself when you have a spare moment in the day where you start reaching for your phone, resist and have a moment to yourself and just be you. Think about your day, notice the little things around you, and if there are people around, start a conversation.
Lead by example. Lead by showing them your new positive habits, hobbies, and time together. By creating better habits for yourself, you create a better picture for your kids to go outside the “box” and be themselves. We are all always busy with something. Find what is important to you and make productive time happen together. Spend more time as a family or making that time for a hobby that you enjoy.
I really enjoyed using Circle to help my family set a better screen time plan. For our Android or IOS device. It was a simple process that took maybe 10 minutes total including setting up profile setting for each device that can be set remotely from your device of choice.Follow my blog with Bloglovin