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What are some good strategies for managing my toddler's screen time?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 2-year-old and I am finding it difficult to manage my toddler's screen time. I work full-time and my husband also has a busy work schedule. So, we often rely on TV shows and YouTube videos to keep our little one engaged and entertained while we finish our work.

However, lately, I have noticed that my toddler is becoming increasingly attached to screen time and throws tantrums when we try to take away the tablet or switch off the TV. I am concerned about the long-term effects this might have on his development and behavior.

What are some good strategies that you have implemented to manage your toddler's screen time effectively? I appreciate any tips or advice you can give me!

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As a parent of a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old, I understand how difficult it can be to manage screen time. One approach that has worked well for us is to establish a family media plan. A family media plan is a guide for parents on how to manage screen time, which outlines age-specific recommendations and sets limits on when and where screen time is allowed.

Another strategy is to create a structured daily routine with set times for different activities, including screen time. By creating a routine, parents can ensure that their kids are engaging in a variety of activities besides watching screens. We find that having a routine also helps to manage transitions, including from screen time to other activities.

Lastly, we've introduced technology-free zones in the house, especially during mealtimes and before bedtime. This allows the entire family to connect and engage with each other without distractions. We've also found that having a device-free bedroom has improved our children's quality of sleep.

In conclusion, there are many effective strategies for managing screen time, but ultimately, it's about finding what works for your family. Consistency, structure, and moderation are key, and by embracing these principles, parents can ensure that their children develop healthy media habits that support their overall well-being.


Hi there,

As a mother of a 4-year-old, managing screen time has been a significant challenge for me as well. What has been helpful in our household is setting boundaries on our own screen time consumption as parents. By doing so, we are modeling for our child how important it is to engage in other activities besides being on the computer, phone or TV.

Another strategy that has worked for us is being more strategic with how we use screens. Specifically, we try to plan screen time around times when our child is naturally less active, such as when it's too hot outside to play, or when she is feeling sick or tired. This ensures that screen time remains a supplement to other types of play, rather than the main activity.

We've also found that limiting the kinds of shows and apps that our child can access has been helpful in mitigating her obsession with screens. We try to choose media that is either explicitly educational or helps to build self-awareness and empathy, such as videos that teach about different cultures or books that feature lessons about emotions.

At the end of the day, finding a balance that works for both you and your child is key. By integrating more natural interactions, setting limits, and selecting thoughtfully when screens are used, you can take steps that promote healthy development and lifelong habits. Good luck!


Hi everyone,

As a parent of a 3-year-old, managing screen time has been an enormous challenge for us. As a working parent, I rely on screens to keep my little one entertained, but I'm also concerned about the negative effects it may have on his development. Here are a few strategies that have worked for us:

Firstly, we have implemented a "no screens before 2" rule in our household. We try to avoid using screens before the age of 2 as much as possible since young children learn best through physical interactions, and screen time can interfere with this. Of course, as with everything, there are exceptions to this rule. Sometimes a screen can be necessary, such as when you need to take a phone call or tend to an emergency.

Secondly, we limit screen time to a maximum of 30 minutes per day for our toddler. We try to use that time for educational activities, such as watching educational shows or playing interactive apps. This way, we feel that we're contributing to our child's intellectual development, while keeping them entertained.

Lastly, we try to engage our toddler in other activities such as reading, drawing, or playing. As he gets older, we plan to introduce activities such as board games, which he can do together as a family. Creating a routine and designating time for various activities has really helped us manage our child's routine around screen time.

I hope these tips are helpful as they've been useful for us!


Hi there,

I completely understand your concern about managing your toddler's screen time. I am a mother of two young kids and have been through this same challenge. One strategy that has worked well for me is setting a schedule for screen time. I allocate a specific time of the day, usually after lunch or in the evening, for my kids to watch their favorite TV shows or educational videos. This way, they know when they can expect to watch screens and are less likely to act out when it's time to turn them off.

Another approach I have found useful is limiting the amount of screen time my kids get each day. I try to keep it to no more than an hour a day for my toddlers, and they are allowed to watch only certain pre-approved shows or videos. This helps to prevent over-reliance on screens and ensures that they are engaging in other activities, such as reading books or playing with toys.

Finally, I strongly recommend finding alternative ways to keep your toddler entertained and engaged, such as playing games, engaging in outdoor activities, or spending quality time with them. By doing so, you are encouraging healthy habits and nurturing their overall development.

Hope this helps!



I'm a father of two children aged 5 and 7, and managing screen time can be a constant struggle. One technique that has helped us achieve balance is replacing screen time with other fun activities that also help to build necessary skills. Some of the things we do include baking, reading books, and engaging in imaginative play.

Another technique is encouraging physical activity once screen time is over. For example, after an hour of screen time, we will usually go for a walk or a bike ride, run around in the park, or even just play a game of tag. This helps neutralize the effects of sedentary behavior and gets our kids moving and active after a period of sitting.

Finally, I would say that setting and enforcing clear and consistent boundaries are crucial for successful screen time management. We have a dedicated homework and screen time slot - no screens until homework is done. This sets expectations around appropriate behavior and is useful for maintaining screentime guidelines.

However, it is important to keep in mind that every family is unique, and what works for one family might not work for another. It's all about finding the right balance that works for your family while prioritizing your child's physical and emotional well-being. I hope this helps!


Hello there,

Managing your toddler's screen time can be a real challenge, but it's great to hear that you're taking steps to get a handle on it. I'm a father of a 3-year-old, and we've had to set some strict rules around screen time in our house.

One approach that has worked for us is completely eliminating the use of screens during meals and while playing together. Instead, we encourage our toddler to talk and interact with us, and her food, during meals. After dinner, we have a designated playtime, where the entire family engages in fun activities, such as playing board games or coloring together. This has created a sense of bonding and has helped to reduce the amount of screen time we use.

Another strategy that has proven useful is using educational apps and shows that nurture our child's learning and development. We choose apps that promote creativity or educational videos with real-life examples, such as science experiments or nature walks. We also try to watch these shows and apps together with our toddler, as this creates opportunities for us to discuss and learn together.

Overall, it's important to keep in mind that screen time should never be a substitute for social interaction or physical activities. Encouraging outdoor play and creative free play in addition to regulating screen time can help to mitigate any negative effects of screens.

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