I love surfing on the web on my phone, on the computer, or on the tablet. There I said it.
But I still manage to get things done because I save my screen time during select times of the day.
I save them on Sunday mornings, because that’s when my husband gets up with the kids (he sleeps in on Saturdays, and I sleep in on Sundays). I’m on the computer if the kids are either napping in the afternoon or asleep in the evenings. Sometimes I’m on it if the kids are hanging out or playing with daddy, but I generally try to make an effort to be present.
It’s amazing how much more you can accomplish if you’re not clicking away on your phone! Ha! I turned off email and Facebook notifications on my phone, and that’s made a difference too.
Recently we’ve let our kids start having a bit more screen time, especially once Nagini went past the 2 year old mark (which is the recommended age by the AAP). We usually have them watch something for about 20-30 minutes for 3, sometimes 4 days a week. I use their screen time to cook and get dinner on the table when Brian gets home.
I try not to rely too much on screens, for myself or for the kids, because I know it’s a slippery slope and hard to stop once you start! I had to really evaluate my habits at the beginning of the year.
Even when I’m watching a show or a movie with my husband in the evenings, I try to have something else to occupy my time, like a craft project (cross-stitch) so that I’m not completely passive and will have wasted the time.
Yes, I am totally looking at a screen right before bed and I know they say it wrecks your sleep, but I haven’t found that to be true, especially with a 2 and a 4 year old! I’m completely tired when it’s time for bed! 🙂