3. Limit Screen Time with Goal-Setting
Finally, one of the most enticing ways I have found to encourage kids to put down their phones is through personal goals and ambitions.
I make it a goal to use my phone for less than three hours a day simply because it is something I have set for myself. If I go over that time, I don't beat myself up but rather analyze how I have been using my hours and minutes.
Through limiting screen-time with goals, kids can set their phones with limits for individual apps or strive to use their phone less in general. Even if I am reading the Bible or texting a friend back, I try to use my laptop to minimize distractions, and I am more present with those around me.
This might sound simple, but you would be amazed how rejuvenated and energized your mental state is when you spend more time socializing physically than staring at a screen in your hand. While COVID-19 makes this challenging, reaching out by phone call and taking a walk can help healthily implement these changes.
For younger kids, incentives are also good motivators if personal goals don't work. Offering small rewards, trips to town or the park, or activities, for example, usually propel kids to set and make goals they wish to accomplish, rather than merely agreeing to complete because you've demanded it.
Motivating kids to put down their phones is not easy, but it does start with you! By leading by example, eating without your phone, and limiting screen-time with goals, children will learn to see the benefits of human interactions over virtual ones.
Remember to be careful how you spend your time and invest in things that matter most.
"O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah" (Psalm 39: 4-5, ESV).
"The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away" (Psalm 90:10, ESV).
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