Back to School Year’s Resolutions
By Melissa Bahamonde, Soul Positive Life
It’s that time of year again parents! The beginning of the
school year has begun and it is time to transition out of the
laid-back vibes of summer and into a regimented schedule.
By now we have all survived the scavenger hunt that is the
“school supply list,” muttering to ourselves as we walk aimlessly
down aisles of school supplies (or maybe that’s just
me). We have dragged our children out into the sea of parents
dergarten, middle school or high school. Like most parents
I have posted back-to-school photos on Facebook and Instagram
with cute hashtags and captions as proof of my victory,
savoring every “like” and “comment” as a trophy of my par-
up in the back-to-school madness and lose sight of an opportunity
to recommit myself to some new parenting goals.
I recently stumbled upon guidelines for screen time for
children (yes, while I was on my smart phone). These guidelines
were developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP). The AAP recommends no more than two hours per
day of screen time for children. To be clear, screen time in-
puters, and video games. If you are reading this and quietly
freaking out inside about how much time your child spends
on screens you are not alone (I literally
gasped when I read this). Research
shows that the average eight-year-old
spends eight hours a day consuming
various forms of media on screens.
The Mayo Clinic reports that too much
screen time has been linked to irregular
sleep patterns, less play time, loss of social
skills, and behavioral problems.
After I read this information, I began
to start monitoring my own screen
time and realized that between my day
job, business tasks, social media time,
communicating with others, and watching
television, I am spending most of
my life in front of a screen. I have made
day with activities and limit the amount
of time she watches television and plays
on her tablet, but most days I am falling
short of this recommendation. Especially
on the rainy Florida days, during the
summer and on lazy weekends when
we don’t have anything planned. The
over use of screens is a societal problem
and we need a cultural shift to solve it.
If you are reading this, my advice to you
family are spending in front of screens.
Next, try to come up with some other
activities that you can do away from a
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