Screens: Finding a Way to Reconnect in Our Families

Free Call about handling screens in your family

 

Family on screens

The recording for this call is posted below!

Technology is a super cool thing in so many ways. It allows me to write this (on my computer), post it to a page online and you’re able to read it wherever you are in the world with internet access. Even your phone. That’s pretty amazing!

As a parent and partner, technology takes on different meanings and challenges. In the context of family life, I know what a big issue this can be. In my own family, we’ve experimented with the many ways technology can be handled. From no limits to almost no technology at different ages and stages, we’ve found there is no one answer.

young-boy-on-tabletIn fact, there is such a plethora of conflicting information about media, technology, screens and when they should be allowed or encouraged or restricted and discouraged, it’s difficult to know what to do as the issues arise in our own families on a daily basis.

And here, we’re concerned about the relationship with our children. We’re concerned with their optimal development. We want to find a way to help them grow and to stay connected while we are still the parents, advising them and protecting them when that’s the appropriate thing to do.

We’re all dealing with these issues separately in our own houses. It’s time to come together and support one another.

 

Here is the recording of the call:

 

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Rebecca Thompson Hitt

Rebecca is the founder of The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC, and author of 3 books (Consciously Parenting: What it really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth and Beyond, and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding), numerous classes and recordings, and the former co-host of a radio show, True North Parents.


6 thoughts on “Screens: Finding a Way to Reconnect in Our Families

  1. Jessica says:

    For the first 2 years of my daughter’s life she had maybe 1 hour total of screen time in the whole 2 years. I introduced her to animated movies with Inside Out bc of the portrayal of emotions inside of us @ 2 & 1/2 & then slowly brought in new movies about 1x per week. After moving closer to family where cousins are between 8 & 11yrs old with devices of their own that go everywhere with them, my daughter has wanted more. Since she turned three she has started rationalizing why she should be allowed to watch particular shows –this starts some days upon waking & I have been giving in… mostly to have peace to restore myself & work. I am concerned on a few levels with all of this… much around the electromagnetic stimulation… she has been more agitated & she has started demanding she is a particular character in the shows. I’m not trying to control her but I want her exposed to quality developmental shows that display healthy community, friendships, family systems… or task oriented/team work. & since staying with my parents & her cousins while I was away at work she figured out how to change shows… now even when I suggest new exciting shows she is picking these sassy teen shows her cousins are watching… she hides with the device so I don’t realize until I check in after I’ve finished a call. I have taken the device for a few days & Ive been tightening up my work & her screen time but Uuugh! Single parenting & working from home is tough. I realize I just provided a lot of story with deeply imbedded questions…. here are some that come
    what is healthy screen time for 3 yr old developing eyes?

    How should I deal with her watching these older kid shows with boyfriends & OMG just so far ahead of her time?

    Please any feedback you can provide is soooo welcomed! I also need to say that I work with her daily on academics, crafts, outdoor play/gardening, reading, culture… she also does dance classes & I take her around to community events. She also often comes with me to presentations or one on one business meetings however when drawing or coloring doesn’t keep her occupied during the meeting I often turn to the screen . Maybe I am overly sensitive to the use of screens…

    Looking forward to this call to gain perspective on healthy conscious parenting ? With much love & gratitude ~ Jessica

  2. Yes, Paula. Thanks for asking. We will record the call, so be sure to sign up and we’ll send you a link when it’s ready to go! Let me know if you have any questions you’d like me to address, especially for older kids and kids with special needs.

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