Ming have been sharing about this article with me and friends we met over the weekend, it was about limiting screen time not for children but adult. While we are busy controlling our kids screen time for various reason – brain development, self-control, encourage real play and all but what about our own screen time? i must admit this is a wake up call to me even my mummy friend who’s on fasting on social-media sharing her thoughts on this to me God really want me to look into this part of my life.
Our phone/computer are stealing so much of our attention draw us away from our children, there’s many times that i’m suppose to spend that little time give full attention to Chloe i find myself checking on my phone chatting with my friends or checking email and social media.
How does technology interfere with our relationships with our kids?
Kids don’t need our undivided attention all the time, but they need to know that they matter to us and that there are certain times of the day and certain situations where they have our attention. There need to be times where parents can really be fully available to their kids. (source)
Now that Chloe had completely off screen time but i found myself guilty in this screen time thingy, i’ve been trying to limit mine too in order to provide a good example to Chloe. I don’t want her growing up feeling her parents are “hypocrites” for spending so much time in front of a screen while so strictly limiting kids’ access. (source)
These are steps i started to control my screen time.
First step: Keep phone at not-easy-to-reach position aka a corner in the bedroom instead of living room.
Second step: Set a schedule whenever Chloe is around no phone for us unless urgent, other than that i will only use my pc or phone whenever she nap or sleep at night.
Third step: Media curfew at bedtime for me and Ming, no phone on the bed. We used to spend so much time on screen for social media before bed, by the time we’re done with phone it was too late for a chat so we have to straight to bed, which is so unhealthy.
Fourth step: Reduce social media attachment, i deleted dayre and facebook app in my phone because i do not contribute on these platform anymore so instead of kepo people life i should focus and what’s really matters : my life. That’s why i write more in wordpress because this is not a social media platform to me but a platform could talk freely about your daily life or share things i do. This few day i spent some time to write after i done with work when Chloe haven’t wake up from her nap.
Fifth step: more indoor activities like reading, craft and maybe drawing which i can do together with Chloe.
The idea of going device free may be nearly impossible but i’m sure doing so can improve relationships, time management, and even sleep! Let’s hope this baby steps will help to limit our adult screen time!