Modern life seems to be busier and filled with more time sinks. Our free time seems to be less and less and yet we were promised that we would have more free time as computers would reduce the amount of time we need to do our work. The opposite seems to have happened, we spend more time on computers and less time with our loved ones doing things we want to do.
With so much of our time being spent on a computer even outside of work, take a moment to think about how it would look if you were not using a computer, phone or tablet in your free time. What could you be doing that you would love to be doing instead? Is there a hobby you have neglected and let fall to the side, are there people you have not connected with or is there more time for family activities?
Your children learn from you and see how you spend time on electronics, and as they grow up are faced with the same obligations as you are to use them for completing school work. As they grow the screens will follow them everywhere and entwine with their life if the skills to manage screen time are not developed and practiced. I have noticed that as I go out to public spaces many children are no longer looking at the world around them, they have not developed the skills to tear themselves away from a screen but they have learn't to be dependent.
By limiting screen time for everyone in the house hours can be freed up. The time used for other things that are meaningful to you and your children. Take it as a an opportunity to bond and exchange stories with each other. The increase in time spent with others can create new ways to relate to each other and the world around you.
Winning time back does not have to be hard, especially for children, pack away the screens, make it a privilege to use. Create incentives to earn screen time. With Pixel Pounds placing those limits and privileges that need to be earned is easy.
I hope you find more time in your week,