Maybe you let your kids watch as much TV and play as much X-Box as they want during school-free summer days. Or perhaps you have banished all manner of electric devices from your home in the hopes of reclaiming a sense of pre-digital vacation days? Either way, as many parents struggle to find their own personal screen time sweet spot, they’re eagerly on the look-out for smart strategies to keep that iPad and Smartphone time to reasonable levels. Looking for an assist on setting limits? We’ve found three of our all-time favorite takes on avoiding screen-time overload.
Less is Best: Mom Mary Huhn has a son who loves Minecraft (welcome to the club!). But she says she’s taken a Tiger Mom approach to keeping screen time to a minimum. Her solution? No weekday gaming. Minecraft and other apps are only played on weekends for about two hours. Read more about her approach here:
Rule Enforcement: NY Times Motherlode editor KJ Dell’Antonia has a similar weekends-only rule with her four children, with one nuance: If the rule gets broken, one of the weekend screen days gets revoked. More here.
Digital Diet: Mom blogger Kelly Holmes divides the apps into two groups — Junk Food & Brain Food. Junk Food apps are only for road trips. Brain Food apps can be played more often, with a 20-minute limit at a time for her school-age daughter. More here.