HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU LIMIT SCREEN TIME AWAY FROM HOME:

Mother & Baby - - BABY & TODDLER -

Choose the day­care wisely: Find a good day­care. En­sure that the place you pick has a sim­i­lar mind­set to how you want to raise your child. En­sure safety, com­fort and hy­giene are taken se­ri­ously, but above all, that they fol­low a strict ‘no screen time’ pol­icy.

Es­tab­lish a good rap­port with care­givers: Make sure that you talk to care­givers, nanny or babysit­ter about your rules re­gard­ing screen time. They also will be on same page as you. Talk to fam­ily and friends: Let loved ones know your pref­er­ences, but also be flex­i­ble. If grandpa has a foot­ball game on or all the cousins are watch­ing a silly YouTube video, it’s okay to make an ex­cep­tion.

Talk to other par­ents: Touch base be­fore and af­ter play dates. If your child has been play­ing on an iPad at a friend’s home, plan for no screen time for the rest of the day.

Al­ter­nate fun pack­ages: If you feel that your child needs to broaden his hori­zons, plan for a short pic­nic to a nearby gar­den with a ‘bag of fun’ filled with your child’s favourite books, toys, colour books, etc. This can be good go-to tool box when he gets tired and im­pa­tient.

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