Getting your kids 'un-hooked' to devices

(WMAR) - You can't escape them, electronics are a part of our everyday lives, especially when it comes to our kids.      

 

"We've got phones, we've got tablets, you've got music playing in the background and the videogames and then the temptation of watching TV.

 

Mia Redrick, the Mom Strategist says there are things we can do as parents to limit screen time.

 

"We don't do television during the weekdays only on the weekends and it really limits that dependency on a television."

 

You can even take it one step further.....and cut the cord. 

 

"My children haven't had cable in three years and they don't miss it.  They see all the shows that they want to see because most of the shows are you use HULU, services when you can see shows that are already coming on over and over again."

"It reduces that temptation of wanting to see TV all the time."

 

There's also something simple that we can do to help our kids, get them moving.  Plan one or two weekend activities that require them to be outside.

 

"Sometimes we have to help our kids build that muscle of getting outdoors and enjoy outdoors, finding other things that they can do."

 

 

While Redrick acknowledges kids use phones, tablets and computers for so much of their school day, she adds if you lay the foundation for fewer electronics outside the classwork, it can benefit your kids down the road.

 

"Life is meant to be lived, not watched or streamed, and we forget this all of the things we enjoy the most are experiences that are real."

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