In the parenting world whether or not to limit screen time is a hard decision. Before we had DJ, we never really thought of it. Honestly, I don’t think David or I thought about whether or not to do it until after Brooklyn.
Why We Don’t Limit Screen Time
After Brooklyn was born I quickly realized that it wasn’t easy to keep a toddler happy and give him my full attention, while also taking care of a newborn. I wasn’t trying to rely completely on TV shows or the iPad, but it was definitely a big help in keeping DJ happy and calm.
A big thing that I noticed is that with screen time DJ learned extremely quickly. DJ can count and recognize number up to 20, count to one hundred by tens (10, 20, 30…). He knows the alphabet, and identifies letters. Also, he knows most colors and a lot of shapes (some of which I wouldn’t have thought to teach him). I know that I taught him a lot of that. I used to be a toddler teacher, but TV shows like Team Umizoomi were a big help.
Although we don’t limit screen time, we do believe children learn best through play. DJ and Brooklyn love to play and explore. DJ loves books. It’s always preferred for them to play.
If you do limit screen time I wouldn’t judge you. Every single parenting style is different. I truly believe that everything is based of each individual child. If Brooklyn’s education and growth is at a disadvantage from screen time, we will end up limiting it. For now we don’t limit screen time.
How does you family feel about limiting screen time?