A Positive Way to Limit Electronics with Kids

What is your child interested in? What does he think about? Where does she spend her money? What do your kids like to do? Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).

Most of the time the activities our children choose indicate what they treasure. Because the heart and behavior are closely linked, parents can look for things their kids can do that will encourage healthy heart change. Look for ways to guide your children into constructive and helpful activities, hobbies, and relationships.

Balance is the Key
Sometimes you’ll have to limit certain activities, but look for positive ones to replace those you’re taking away. Electronics aren’t bad but most children don’t have the inner strength to keep them in proper balance in their lives.

It’s important to limit screen time for kids. But be sure to require alternatives. You might list several things your child needs to do instead to be more well-rounded. The child needs to choose a couple activities out of these other groups before working on video games or TV. They might include creativity – using art or music, service – helping someone else out, exercise – going outside and playing a game, learning – discovering something new by experiment or study, relationship – by contacting a relative or friend, or skill building – by practicing something new.

Electronics are easy. Personal growth and development are hard. Try to attract your children to good choices by providing opportunities they’d enjoy. But even if they don’t want to do something different, requiring it might be the only option. By adjusting what your children do, you can influence what they enjoy and eventually what they treasure.

More Parental Control Is Usually Necessary
Sometimes simply providing different choices guides a child into more healthy heart situations, but other children seem to have a bent towards treasuring the wrong things. Or they may want to spend hours in activities that aren’t necessarily bad, but you know they don’t contribute to maturity and growth.

You may have to use a combination of approaches, including setting some firm limits to guide your child in the right direction. That’s part of the hard work of parenting, but it’s not optional. Be creative and look for alternatives, but recognize that, if a child isn’t responding, you may have to provide parental control. Don’t be afraid to take a stand to redirect your child into more healthy choices. After all, too much of a particular thing can have an unhelpful affect on the heart.

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This parenting tip comes from the book Parenting is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. This book grew out of a study of the 750+ times that the word heart is used in the Bible. God is very concerned about the heart, so we should be as well. This book will help you in your parenting, but also in your everyday life and relationships. If you've never read it, get it now. 


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