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5 Reasons I’m Thankful For Limited Screen Time

We used to be a family of binge watchers.

We could binge watch for days.

But I was tired of watching my kids watch tv. And if the tv was off, my little ones threw a tantrum and my big kids complained, “I’m so bored; there’s nothing to do.” I would then give them a list of things they could do just to be told that those things are boring too.

So I took a stand for my family, and I began limiting our household screen time. And I am so thankful that I did!

Otherwise, how else could I get adorable photos like this? Okay, so I could have taken this picture before limited screen time, but it’s so cute that I had to share it!

We didn’t ALWAYS watch tv, but it was our go-to plan for everything entertainment.

So long television, hello reality! Here are a few things I have become thankful for since.

1. the silence leaves room for talking

Before we limited screen time in our home, the only voices I heard were actors and youtubers. Now it seems like my kids don’t ever stop talking. I will admit that a lot of the talking is teasing each other, but at least they are talking, and growing closer to each other because of it.

2. they learned to entertain themselves

Boredom is no more. Though it took them awhile to find things to do that they found entertaining, like magic, one day it just happened. If you’re debating on limiting screen time, but worried about listening to the dreaded boredom cry, give it a try. How long do you think it will take for your kids to use their -in my best Spongebob voice- imagination?

3. we spend more time outdoors

Although it is a teency bit pathetic, until recently, we spent all of our time indoors. Shutting down the screens and -pretty much- forcing my family outside has been the very best thing for us. I have not seen my kids more happy than when they are in nature. Which, in turn, makes me the happiest mama on the planet. <3

4. my children laugh more now than ever

You know what it’s like laughing at a video compared to laughing at an experience? A funny video can make you laugh, but a funny experience will have you laughing so hard that you’re in tears. Those are the best moments; the ones that create memories to laugh at for years to come. How could I go back now?

5. My husband and I have become closer

Instead of ignoring each other to watch our favorite shows, we are communicating about things that actually matter to us now; our kids, our marriage, our home, our plans, our hopes, our dreams, etc.. Our marriage is the foundation of our family, and if we can’t get it right…we can’t expect our kids to do so. We will lead by example, and pray for our children to grow in happiness.

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I challenge you to give limited screen time a try.

Put down the remote and pick up the hearts of your loved ones. Because that is really what you are gaining here.. love, affection, appreciation, respect, and the list goes on.

Are you up for the challenge?

-Taylor Greenwald

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8 thoughts on “5 Reasons I’m Thankful For Limited Screen Time

    1. Thanks Tim! It truly is a game changer! Though it may stink for them now, our kids will thank us for it when they get older. (Hopefully) 😜

  1. This is such a good reminder. We watch way too much TV! How much screen time do you allow now? And if any of your kids have phones, how do you handle that? I’d love to know!

    1. Great questions! We watched WAY too much tv too, so I feel your pain. Sometimes it just turns into a headache and drives me insane. We just sort of go with what feels right. After about an hour and a half, I start going crazy from the noise so I turn it off for HOURS, until evening time. That’s when the boredom cry begins. 😂

      Usually we do about two hours during the day and evenings are filled with family tv time. (Nobody likes board games but me!)

      As for phones, our 14 year old girl is the only one with a phone right now. She is pretty good about balancing her time on her own, and since she does plenty of activities to stimulate her brain -violin, reading, socializing- we don’t limit her time. (Unless she has one of those day where she is glued to it…then we step in and say no phones until we say so.)

      As for tablets, our boys have no control over limiting their time AND they don’t do things that stimulate their brains, like EVER, so we limit them to an hour a day, and then they can do extra chores to add more time. (And that’s the best part.) 😉

      1. That’s really awesome. I know so many families with no limits and it’s awful! My own mom let’s my youngest brother be on his devices all day long. He has an iPad that he’s constantly on, and usually is also playing with the WiiU pad (don’t ask me how he does both!) And sometimes also has TV on in the background. My son is only 6 months old so thankfully we don’t have an issue with his screen time. But I totally get the appeal of just plopping your kid in front of the TV! It’s so hard to remember “moderation in all things”.

        I also like that you’re not TOO strict. I think you can definitely go to the extreme on both ends!

        1. Yes! It’s dangerous to be too strict. That just makes them want it more. Haha. 😛

          My kiddos are the same way when it comes to multiple devices at once, and I’m just like…”you only need one device at a time kiddo.” My girls are 3 and 2, and there are some days (which is rare now) that I pop them in front of the tv and start networking, writing, blog editing, etc.. And time passes by and it’s hours later. Oops..

          Oh and “moderation in all things” sounds like an awesome title for a post! 😉

  2. I think that’s great that you’ve found so many benefits! Now that I’m older I really try to limit my screen time in terms of how long I spend on the laptop and on my phone, but the TV has always been something I love! When I was younger my mum limited my screen time as well and I completely understand why and support that decision, but I grew up and ended up getting a degree in Film & TV and working in that industry so it goes to show, it was definitely my passion!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. That’s awesome Julia! Being passionate about something is much different than doing it “just because.” Good for you for following your passion though! My oldest son is passionate about playing video games. 😉
      And limiting my time is something that has been such a blessing for myself and my family as well! Being able to connect with my kids when they need it is really what’s best for all of us. Thanks for reading! ☺️

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