As the global situation continues to unfold, lots of people are still working from home. It might be a big challenge for some. For those who have children, this might be even trickier. Parents must have a lot of things to deal with. In the current situation, it will be a kind gesture if the knowledge and practices could be imparted to anyone struggling. With children, they might be having that much time on their screens. So, here we go;
1. Be Realistic
Each of us is experiencing unprecedented circumstances and a big amount of stress. The children might be having their digital behaviors and in a time of confusion, they will want to spend time with it. Children spend their time on digitals because of games, entertainment, an escape from feelings of stress, or to connect with their friends. Also, if you have work to do, spend some time with them by playing or watching with them. However, you also teach them how to manage screen times.
2. Make New Guidelines
The guidelines depend on who is living in your house, their current behavior, and their ages. However, here are some things you need to keep in mind;
- Set time limits of screen time for younger children. You can use a stopwatch to manage this. Always give 5-10 minutes warning.
- If you have older children who are used to spend quite a lot of the weekend on their devices, put yourself in their shoes. It might be normal for them to be on their screens even at home. Keep an eye on what they are doing. Spending time on screens can also help lessen their stress and they get to interact with their friends. In times like this, connecting with friends is more important. You just need to keep an eye on what they are doing and the time they spend on it.
- Be sure that they are conscious of the significance of screen free time for their mental health. They also need to watch out for fake news which may add to their stress levels.
- Write some screen management guidelines together. These may include screen time areas in the home, time limits on-screen activity.
3. Lead By Example
Your children will be looking to you even in the coming days for guidance and reassurance. Being mindful of your digital behavior, know when to stick to your new family rules, disconnect from work, and support each other if one is struggling. Support is the most needed mechanism at the time of pandemic where we face the new normal. If anyone in the family needs support don’t hesitate to do so. If you need support, don’t be ashamed to seek it.
At this uncertain time, a lot of us have become extremely aware that our relationship with others is what matters in life. The disturbances and amusement potentials that technology offers may drive us all in different directions if we depart into individual screens. Having breaks from social media and phones as a family can bring you closer together. In these troubling times, parents have an opportunity to redefine family life and create a new way of living for the younger generation.