Why I Don’t Limit Screen Time.

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Kindle’s, iPad’s, iPhone’s, and our trusty friend the TV… we’re completely surrounded by technology these days. Those little gadgets can do anything from sending a message to ordering the food shop! I’m not ashamed to admit I’m dependent on my phone for contact with friends and family, social media and of course everything to do with running this blog.

A month or so ago I sorted the children’s tablets for them, as a single parent something to keep the kids amused is a godsend, I originally intended to only allow them to have an hour or so a day but that quickly went out of the window. The change in my children’s temperament since they’ve had their little escapes is phenomenal. Mia in particular enjoys doing sums and reading books on hers, she is hugely creative and creates the most lovely pictures using drawing apps. She’s not sat watching mindless TV shows on it all the time, although she does enjoy those too, but as long as she’s not hiding in her room at all times with it who am I to complain?

Argument’s over who get’s to watch ‘their’ programmes are now practically non-existent, no longer does one wind up the other whilst they are trying to do a puzzle or paint, and the withdrawal of said tablets has been a great bargaining tool when they misbehave.

Theo love’s to put on his headphones and zone out for a while, he too enjoys interactive learning games and his knowledge of color’s and animals has really come on. He has never been a singer or a dancer, but I downloaded a music app onto his and I’ve caught him sweetly singing along more than once. He’s come out of his shell a little, his confidence is growing.

Thank’s to those tablets, I have a little piece of sanity back, a little quiet when I’m trying to do jobs around the house, and I love sitting with them and watching how fast they can work it all out and listening to them tell me what goes where.

Perhaps it’s time we accepted that technology is now a fundamental part of learning, of course, there is nothing like putting pen to paper, but I fully support any technique that contributes to a child’s development.

I don’t and won’t limit my child’s screen time as long as they are being stimulated, Mia is in school full-time and Theo goes to nursery four days a week, whilst at home we always make time for reading proper books and playing ‘real’ games. The balance is not uneven, in fact, it’s more even than ever!

Having tablet’s for the children has benefited us all, and I’d promote children from the age of around 3 years old having them to most other parents.

Kayleigh from Little B And Me has the same outlook, she says… ‘I don’t limit my sons screen time at all (he’s 2 and a half). I feel, as well as others, that he’s advanced for his age. I put it down to the repetition & fun of the games. Games he thinks he’s just having fun with when really he’s learning. He knows his abc’s & can count to 20. He also teaches people how to use iPad’s & the Wii. I absolutely love how he interacts with technology & how easy he finds it. Our lives our only going to get taken over by more technology as we go on so It’s imperative that he learns’.

Nyomi over at Nomipalony also agrees, she says ‘I don’t limit at all. My kids will naturally limit themselves if I give them free rein. I’m also not against it though, I think they can learn a lot from it and let’s be honest – media is the world they are growing up in now. These little tots who are using iPad’s as toddlers will be coding by the time they are 10 and that’s pretty amazing. Like all things I think it’s everything in moderation, if they are getting out the house each day and doing diverse tasks then I’ve no problem with the iPad or tv.’

There are concerns that children become addicted to technology, that we as parents are handing over the actual parenting to gadgets, but this will only happen if we allow it. I don’t use gadgets to parent my children, I am parenting them by giving them a learning device, no matter what advances in technology may come our way, my children will still be the ones that love jumping in puddles and playing on the swings.

Nothing has the ability to take over childhood if you don’t let it.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Lauren Winstanley-bristo 19th February 2017 / 9:20 am

    I’m pretty lapse with limiting screen time and anything that helps keep a mummy sane is never a bad thing in my book! I say they can have an hour, usually it turns into three when I’m enjoying instagram time with a warm brew! #fortheloveofblog

    • Chloe Weir 19th February 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Nothing better than an insta scroll through with a warm cuppa! xx

  2. Nyomi 19th February 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Thanks so much for including us! I’ve tweeted it already but I’ll schedule it to go out on my Facebook page and pin it etc. I’m so pleased it’s given you some sanity back! We are totally on the same page with this.

  3. Rice Cakes and Raisins 19th February 2017 / 10:05 pm

    I really agree with this post. My boy has learnt and benefited in so many ways from his times on the IPad so I certainly feel no guilt when he spends time on it #SundayBest

  4. Amy Stainthorpe 20th February 2017 / 8:00 am

    I completely agree. It’s not like them being plonked in front of the TV for hours. My children use them for all sorts of interactive play and more recently my son’s homework has involved logging into education websites to complete tasks. You’re right in that we have to embrace the fact that we live in a world of technology. It’s keeping the balance and I don’t think that’s hard to do.

    • Jasvin Sidhu 27th February 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Very true about keeping the balance. Kids do use and rely on tech for homework support .Just need to educate our kids in time spent on other interactive play.

  5. Pen 20th February 2017 / 8:37 am

    I am an single mum and I work full time. There is no way that I would be able to get dressed and made up in the morning without 30 mins of CBeebies. I also rely on the iPad to get Cygnet to eat. Pen x #SundayBest

    • Chloe Weir 20th February 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment x

  6. Alana - Burnished Chaos 23rd February 2017 / 7:30 am

    I don’t limit screen time either and both kids are pretty good at setting a balance. All my daughter’s games are educational in some way. My son plays a lot of other games now he’s older (7) but it helps him unwind after a full day at school. He did go through a phase where he was on the iPad all the time and would get grumpy if you ever called him away to do something else and we imposed a limit on it then and he could earn more time by doing other activities like reading a real book, drawing, playing outside etc and he actually loved it. After a few months we found he was regulating himself much better and we got rid of the limits again. He’s found his own balance since then and I think he has learnt a valuable lesson for setting his own limits and listening to his body when it’s telling him to get up and move around and do something else. #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. The Pramshed 24th February 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I don’t limit screen time with my daughter. If she wants to play the Choo Choo game on the iPad I let her, she quickly gets bored and moves onto something else. It’s part of growing up that they are going to be using smartphones, iPads, laptops etc, and it is such a good learning experience too. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  8. Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid 25th February 2017 / 11:19 pm

    I have the CBeebies app on my iPad which my boys love to play. The alphablocks game has been fab for helping N with phonics! Thanks for linking up to #SundayBest x

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