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1. Communicate the change

2. Set an example

3. Plan and prepare

4. Do homework in a communal area

5. Be consistent and persistent


1. Communicate the change: Let them know your reasons and give them time to get used to the idea before enforcing it (ie talk Friday night, begin Monday). 

2. Set an example: Leave your phone out of sight (you can set up automatic text and phone replies if you’re worried about ignoring people) while having dinner together.

3. Plan and prepare: set after-school routines including homework, showers, and free time. Have a list of family activities (ie. board games, outings) and let them take turns choosing one – you need answers when they’re looking for things to do!

4. Do homework in a communal area: if your child needs a computer, allow them to use one in the communal area and, if they can’t concentrate, allow headphones. This differentiates between schoolwork and other screen time. 

5. Be consistent and persistent: Don’t give in – the whining will stop when they realise you (and your partner if applicable) aren’t caving! Kids are adaptable and will soon thrive away from the screen.


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