Disconnecting from screens can help build healthy habits in families


Dr. Noor Jihan Adbul-Haqq

Getting out in nature can go a long way toward calming anxieties.

Being a parent is hard.

Being a parent during a post-pandemic age in which technology is consuming us, is even harder. We want our children to be physically and mentally healthy, but sometimes we can’t quite figure out how to navigate this new world. As a pediatrician and mother of 11-year-old twins and a 7-year-old child, I would like to share a few things I’ve learned that have helped my family.  

First, you must never forget that you are the boss. Is your three-nager running your house? Has everyone just adjusted to what the little ones want to avoid temper tantrums and meltdowns? Are you all tip-toeing around your 15-year-old who never comes out of their room? Has social media/YouTube/video games taken over your life and theirs? I ask these questions because they have become reality for many.  As a mother, I completely understand that sometimes devices keep children occupied so we can get things done. In our house, we use the family link app to regulate how long they can be online and monitor all websites visited. During the week, no video games are allowed so they can stay focused on their “job,” which is helping around the house and school work. Good parenting includes setting limits and boundaries, which help our children grow into well-rounded adults.  


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