Before my kids came along, I was a perfect parent. I knew I’d have an uneventful vaginal birth, breastfeed for two years, feed my children a variety of food that they’d love, never yell, and never turn on the TV. (Feel free to go ahead and laugh!) Parenting is easy in theory, but in real life, compromise is key. That’s what Parven Kaur learned as she realized that screentime —with limits— helped her to become a better mom.
Kaur offers some great basic rules for using screentime with young children, including using a timer to keep yourself accountable, video chatting to help your baby bond with a far-away family member, and connecting what’s on the screen with real life! Instead of feeling guilt over using screens, use them purposefully as a tool for your baby’s advantage—and toss that guilt away.
—No one measures up to their pre-parenthood expectations. Be gentle with yourself!
—Use screens in moderation, not as the default toy.
—Form connections between what’s on the screen and real life!