Screen time... Photo of my cute child next to some aesthetically appealing graffiti for attention, because if this was a photo of him watching TV, most of you would scroll past. It wouldn’t be glamorous or instagrammy enough. Plus, if you’re honest, a few of you would potentially judge me for openly flaunting that my toddler actually gets some screen time.
I posted on my stories this morning, a response to an article I read about a restaurant in Sydney that has banned screens, as well as colouring books and other activities. The restaurant owner tells parents to forgo these items and ‘engage with their children’ or ‘stay home’. Honestly, I was mostly commenting about the none screen activities. This resulted in a pretty eye opening dialogue with just under 100 of you.
But since then a second unexpected dialogue about screen time in general has opened up.
And boy have I had my eyes opened wide.
Through people’s survey responses, through candid answers, through differing opinions. I have learned quite a few things. -About screen time
-About parental guilt
-About parent shaming
-About parental mental health
-About life and priorities
I’ve cried twice today as a reaction to shared experiences from followers. (And I am humbled that these were shared) I’m pretty floored right now.
I’m rarely speechless, but I need to digest it all before I put it back out there. Tomorrow, I’ll share your responses (keeping everyone anonymous ofcourse). I’ll share some pretty interesting patterns that might make us all think twice. I’ll share some of your collective wisdom that might change a few opinions. And with the permission of a couple of people whose responses totally shocked me, I’ll anonymously share the experiences they so candidly shared with me.
If you don’t usually watch my stories, but you want to be part of that conversation, check out the ‘screen time’ highlight at the top of my profile and weigh in on the questions. If you’ve got a story to share please do. Or if you don’t want to share your own experience, consider watching tomorrow anyway to find out what other people said. You might learn a few things. I know I did.