That’s the funny thing about havin’ a kid. They come with their own set of problems; make everything else you were worried about seem kinda silly.
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That’s the funny thing about havin’ a kid. They come with their own set of problems; make everything else you were worried about seem kinda silly – Greg Garcia
Beyond ‘turn it off’: How to advise families on media use
When families seek our professional advice on managing technology in their children’s lives, we turn to research-based AAP guidelines that promote positive media use and discourage potentially harmful use.
The most well-known of these guidelines discourage “screen time” for children under age 2 and limit “screen time” to two hours a day for children over age 2 ( Pediatrics 2013;132:958-961; Pediatrics 2011;128:1040-1045). As we know, however, scientific research and policy statements lag behind the pace of digital innovation.
Case in point: The 2011 AAP policy statement Media Use by Children Younger Than Two Years was drafted prior to the first generation iPad and explosion of apps aimed at young children.
Today, more than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers, according to Common Sense Media. Furthermore, almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones, and 24% admit using their phones almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center.
By Amy McCready, Founder of PositiveParentingSolutions.com and author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic.
Three simple steps can be the start of tidy rooms without bribes, nagging, or hand-outs.
Ever feel like you’re fighting for your child’s attention against a huge host of distractions (think Legos, binge TV or the latest Instagram updates) and not necessarily coming out on the winning side? Now, toss in an expectation that kids should actually CONTRIBUTE by way of helping at home – heaven forbid! If you’re like some parents, you may be tempted to throw in the towel – after all, isn’t is just easier to do it ourselves rather than face the complaining and negotiating? There is hope however and it doesn’t require magic – though it might feel like it when you see the results. Read more »