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How Do I Limit Electronics Use on My Children During the Summer?

How Do I Limit Electronics Use on My Children During the Summer?

Are your kids learning the values you want them to learn when they are playing video games, texting, or snapchatting?

Your answer may range from, “No”, to, Sometimes”, depending on the amount of time spent on their devices.  I propose that we work together to limit our children’s electronics use so they can spend more time doing value creating activities.

With little or no homework in the summer, kids can gravitate towards electronics because they are very stimulating and easy to access. However, children need a variety of activities that challenges them to overcome their internal obstacles and develop higher self-esteem in the process.

Here is the process of limiting electronics usage.

Step 1: Understand that your parenting role is that of a Director not a Collaborator. (Read how to determine your role.)

Step 2: Before you tell your kids the new limits, learn effective Director Role strategies.

Read: How to give directions that are followed.

Read: Give non-negotiable rules to teens to stop the arguing.

Step 3: Use the Electronics Use Guidelines so you can clearly state the family expectations and rules. This includes rules on yourself as well.

It’s a big challenge limiting electronics use. Make sure you are limiting your usage first so you can be a good role model.  Are you so busy on your phone that you don’t pay enough attention to your kids? Are you spending time having fun with them?

Remember, that change begins with you. When you change, you’ll bring out a different response from your children. Parenting is your opportunity for personal growth.

Copyright 2017 Cynthia Klein, Bridges 2 Understanding, has been a Family Success Coach since 1994. She works with parents and organizations who want more cooperation, mutual respect and understanding between adults and children. Cynthia presents her expertise through speaking, private parenting coaching sessions, and her book, Ally Parenting: A Non-Adversarial Approach to Transform Conflict Into Cooperation. She works with parents of 5 – 25 year-old children.

To learn how Cynthia can help you solve your specific challenges, contact Cynthia at,,  or 650. 679.8138 to have a complementary 45-minute discovery session. Why keep suffering? It’s time to change!



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