If you are interested in reading about how screen use effects kids’ brains and all aspects of their life… I want to share a list of highly recommended books I recently purchased from Amazon.
This is the first generation that we’ve had to learn and deal with this topic. It’s been life changing for me and eye-opening! I had to set boundaries for myself and our family. My kids have been completely off screens since sometime around February or March. But for sure all of April/May. (We still do movies.) Including some tech-free flights. It’s weird that when it’s not available they don’t ask for it and quickly learn to think of something else to do with their time. The flight attendants were puzzled since it’s probably an usual sight to see kids with out them. Of course this is a personal choice for each family and everyone can choose what works best for them! The important thing is if we are going to give kids’/tweens/teens screens… please… we need to at least educate ourselves on how it effects them first!
**Another tip is to think about your end goal. If it is to get ahold of your child then try a phone watch. If they want to text, try a flip phone or you can adjust smart phones to only have phone and text. Just think about what they need before handing over a mini computer and social media because then you have to think of the ramifications those will bring. I have a friend who was feeling bad because she is recently divorced and needs to get ahold of her kids. Which is totally understandable! Every family is unique. xoxo But I am quickly learning that we are also giving our children a tool to be bullied with! And that’s the last thing any parent wishes for their child.
These are the ones I have read or am in the process of finishing and highly recommend:
Glow kids (Start with this one)
Reset Your Child’s Brain (Or start with this one)
These are ones I’ve purchased that friends and experts have recommended. Excited to start reading!
The Teenage Brain
The Big Disconnect
Coming out May 29th but even read the sample!! Mind blowing
Ten Arguments For Deleting Social Media Accounts Right Now
Sponsored by Amazon but thoughts and opinions are my own. 🙂
Just when I think I’m running out of tricks to get my kids to do what they need to do… and what I want them to do (evil laugh bwahaha) I find the Amazon Fire HD kids edition tablet. And let’s just say that someone got their power back. The thing is, they love screen time and when screen time can be books and educational apps… it takes some of the momma guilt out of the equation. Plus, there’s fun games and movies too! It’s such a great gift idea if you are in the search for something under under bucks! Some other pros is the case it comes in! Totally child proof. And it comes with a year subscription to Amazon Freetime unlimited! Yep. Also the Parent controls and dashboard is an awesome tool! Definitely need to add the Amazon Fire HD8 Kids tablet to your list for Santa!
This awesome, yellow screen (the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet) saved us on a flight a couple weeks ago with keeping Myles busy on the plane and not only that he could practice his letters before school officially started. Woot woot Two in one! I know the preschool curriculum isn’t too intense ; ) but this boy is ready to learn. Sometimes I feel like my kids are wanting and ready to soak up more information and I’m the one not keeping up with them or pushing them as much as I should. It’s crazy how much kids gravitate towards screens. We reallllyyyy try to limit the time on Netflix and we only have one kids’ screen. But it truly is a great way, if used smart and in the right ways, to facilitate in their learning! I love Amazon Freetime Unlimited because it is a one year subscription and includes access to thousands of age-appropriate books, videos, apps and games. Plus, top educational titles to help refresh reading comprehension and math skills. I also have access to the Parent Dashboard that keeps track of time and what viewing. You can also set educational goals and screen time limits. Loving all this so I feel safe and protected when they’re on it. Really excited to see him excel, and my other cutie kids too, this year!
Post sponsored by Amazon!
Here are some of the top Momma recommended Kids’ Educational apps:
Starfall, ABC Mouse, Endless Alphabet Numbers, Leap Frog, Reading Rainbow, Endless Number! leave a comment to add your favorites! xo Lizzy