January 26, 2020

I am pretty relaxed when it comes to screen time. I limit it during the week, but if we are not doing anything of a weekend, I don’t tend to limit it. Some may agree, some may disagree. Its a very ordinary moment in our house for Henry to either be on his X-Box, his Nintendo Switch or on his tablet.

Henry has shown interest in gaming for quite a few years. I was surprised at how quickly he picked it up. He has a few favourite games he will always play. He will play online with school friends and family, and I kind of like listening to the conversations he has with them. It still very much shows his age. I am constantly checking in and removing any unwanted guests. Obviously as a parent, I am constantly checking his account for his own safety.

It’s become quite a big part of his hobby and if its something they enjoy then I’m happy to let him play. Don’t get me wrong, he will have times where he is banned, and will not be allowed any screen time whatsoever. But generally he is a pretty well behaved boy. If he is banned he knows he has done something that resulted in the ban in the first place.

Do you limit screen time? How do you fit it in? I am intrigued to know how other parents deal with gamers and if they are limited to play?

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  • Reply Hannah and the Twiglets January 26, 2020 at 21:43

    Aw I have a Henry too 🙂 Can I ask how old your son is? My twins are 4 and just got tablets for Christmas and I’m already unsure how to manage the whole screen time thing. We also tend to be quite relaxed at the weekends though 🙂

    • Reply Anna-Marie January 27, 2020 at 07:57

      Hiya, Henry is 8. I always worry how much screen time he has but then I think, he enjoys and and he gets everything done I’ve asked so why not?!

  • Reply Anne January 26, 2020 at 22:41

    I don’t restrict my kids too much, so long as they take regular breaks and have their homework done on time, then they can play as much as they like. They generally don’t go back on after dinner time and in the summer they are encouraged to spend some time outdoors too. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on what they are up to though.

  • Reply Paula @ Mummy Vs Work January 27, 2020 at 17:59

    We limit the time they can have the internet during the week but they both do 15 minutes homework when they get in before they are allowed on the computer and are off and reading by 8 at the latest. Obviously with dinner etc in between.

    At weekends we are a lot more relaxed but they take breaks etc throughout the day and we still go out, bake, watch films etc

  • Reply Vicki @ Tippytupps January 28, 2020 at 18:35

    I don’t really limit screen time as long as they get a healthy dose of outdoors too! As long as there is a good balance I don’t think anything should be off limits. #OrdinaryMoments

  • Reply Susan Mann January 30, 2020 at 16:07

    Mine are a little bit older and have restrictions on xbox and no electronics at dinner or bedtime. They do a lot of football, so it kind of balances out. But my husband is a gamer as are the boys x #ordinarymoments

  • Reply Donna January 30, 2020 at 16:34

    We don’t have a huge amount of time for screentime at the moment as the children have clubs most nights after school. But, they do use the Switch or their tablets on a weekend and we usually limit it to an hour or so depending on what’s going on. They’re only just starting to really show an interest in games but Dave and I love them! I was always a Nintendo kid x

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