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Effects of Screen Time

Just how many times have we heard it, or mentioned it ourselves: “When we were kids, there was no such thing as constantly sitting in front of a screen, playing games or watching movies” Well quite honestly, there was NO SUCH THING!  We got on with proper toys which were usually educational, or riding bikes or climbing trees, until we were summoned to dinner. WHAT HAS CHANGED? The world has changed.  It has evolved, bringing with it the latest technology which now seems to play a massive role in how we conduct our everyday lives.  Our Youth sadly don’t really know what it would be like to play with miniature cars, Lego or Barbies, let alone climb a tree! Granted, new age technology and devices provide many options, including educational applications, but they provide a lot of other things too, which unfortunately can be less desirable when it comes to children, their leisure time, activities and SCREENS! So, what are the EFFECTS OF TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME:
  • Obesity: When children are inactive, they are not actively burning calories.  Exercise is required to maintain good health
  • Insomia: Being glued to a screen just before bed interrupts sleep.  This reportedly has to do with the light from digital devices causing eye strain.  Over-stimulation of the brain also has an effect on sleep patterns
  • Social Problems:  Children are vulnerable and too much screen time can affect their judgement.  They can become de-sensitised to violence and are often persuaded to re-enact what they see
  • Academic Issues:  The temptation of screen time is great and tends to distract children whilst they should be applying their minds to school-work
Adults are not exempt from abusing screen time.  Valuable family time is neglected whilst many parents engage on social media, or other applications which sometimes seem more attractive than family life. WHAT CONTROL MEASURES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED? IT’S TIME FOR A FAMILY MEETING Discuss the effects of excessive screen time as a family and allow each family member to suggest ideas as to what they feel would be fair as far as screen time is concerned. A few simple ideas could include:
  • Look at signing up Google Family or Family Sharing, available on Android or iOS devices. These apps not only allow you to share music, games but you can also keep better control over what your kids are getting involved in on their devices or even on your Smart TVS.
  • Ban any form of device during mealtimes. It is surprising how pleasant talking to one another, without outside distractions can be.
  • When out and about in the car, stop screen time. Kids should be looking at surroundings and not sitting head down looking at a screen.
  • Bathroom time is bathroom time, as is bedroom time. Electronic devices should not be allowed in either of these two rooms in the house
It’s not all DOOM AND GLOOM – there are many fun activities that can be done together as a family! Discuss ideas and activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Consider perhaps:
  • A camping weekend away where preferably there is little or no available Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor games in the garden or a nearby park
  • Board games
  • A visit to a water park or the beach for a bit of fun in the sun
Adding to the mix of ideas for ‘screen-free’ time-out, Mommy Wellness have awesome Spa packages for Lads and Dads and Pamper packages for Mothers and Daughters. A perfect way to unwind and relax, without a screen to be seen! Don’t wait till your children are all grown up and leave the nest. Get outside, get active or book a day at the Spa and make some special memories today!

But more importantly have fun while you do it!



ADD A LITTLE BIT OF ‘SPICE’ THIS VALENTINE’S DAY No, we are not talking about dinner at your favourite Curry Restaurant (although it may be a good place to start, nor are we referring to being heavy-handed with the garlic)! Being a Mom on Valentine’s Day sometimes makes things a bit more challenging, especially if you have planned a lovely romantic dinner and just as you are about to serve your delicious meal, baby decides it’s time for a quick nappy change.   PROBABLY MORE THAN A WEE-WEE AWAITS What’s more, it’s probably not only going to be a wee-wee but guaranteed, we could escalate that to an impromptu baby bath, with duckies and all! Oh well, those are the joys of Motherhood, which we wouldn’t change for anything in the world!  Well, not until they become teenagers!   SUGAR AND SPICE Valentine’s Day can be really exciting - especially for new couples. For couples who are a little more ‘seasoned’ (oh no, not seasoning again!) it can sometimes feel that celebrations have become a little stale, boring or worse, even predictable! Regardless, adding a bit of spice goes a long way, so If you feel that this ‘day of love’ just doesn’t do it for you anymore, it’s definitely time to spice it up!   ONCE A YEAR IS NOT ENOUGH Couples need to show appreciation and affection to each other all year round and not just on Valentine’s Day.  Buying flowers or chocolates and going out for dinner is great, but that alone once a year, is not adequate to sustain a loving relationship.   LET’S HAVE SOME FUN
  • Book a getaway If the 14th of February happens to fall on an inconvenient day, choose a place together ON the 14th and go later in the year.  It will give you some time to arrange a babysitter and something to look forward to together
  • Hit the road Go for a nice drive.  Choose somewhere scenic but safe where you can spend special time together, chatting and focusing on each other.
  • Start All Over Again (This is cute) ‘Pick Each other up’.  Arrange a babysitter and leave home separately. Meet your partner at a bar or restaurant and go over and offer them a drink and let the games begin.  Stay up late, dance, laugh!  The kids will appreciate you even more when you get home!
  • Be different Get a few friends who know you both well and ask them to write down a few suggestions of something new that you can do together as a family.  A sure way to get everyone out of their little comfort zones
  • Re-create your first date This one depends on whether the first date was good or not.  Some first dates are disastrous!  But hey, you have managed to get this far together, so it couldn’t have been that bad.  If it was, now’s the time to remember those ‘butterflies’ and fix it!
  • Work towards a common goal Put together a list of ‘to do’s’ and pick something off the list to do this year.  Plan how you will accomplish it and start working together towards it. Working towards a common goal is exciting and lots of fun for the whole family
  • Create a fantasy bedroom So, for this one, you don’t even need to leave home.  Decorate your bedroom to set a romantic tone.  Dim the lights, light candles and play some romantic music.  Maybe even some rose petals sprinkled on the bed?
Hopefully, this time no nappy changes or impromptu baths will be needed!