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The Blueprint That Helped Nara Reduce Her Son's Screentime

Are you feeling frustrated trying to reduce your kid’s screen time with no luck? Don’t worry, I can help you, just like I helped my client “Nara”...

My previous client Nara felt the same way because her 6-year-old son was glued to screens all day...

Here’s how I helped her regain control over Ethan’s screen time

When Nara contacted me, she was overwhelmed. Her pediatrician said, “Try to set limits” But every time she tried, she created so much drama it felt pointless.

Nara said, “I feel like I’m failing him, I just don’t know how to help him find interest in other things and all he does is become agressive towards me. Please tell me you can help me” she cried on our zoom call.

I assured her that with a clear plan, we could reduce his screen time in less than two weeks. I sent her an intake form, which she filled out in detail.

After reviewing the form, I identified the issues: the tablet was all Nathan knew when thinking of fun, there were no clear boundaries, and screen time was offered in the evenings, where he still had extra energy to burn, this made Nathan wired but tired at bedtime.

I asked Nara what changes she was comfortable with, and the next day, she implemented a structured plan. We set a daily screen time limit, established screen-free zones, and created a reward system for adhering to these limits.

Day 1: Setting the Foundation

Nara explained the new screen time rules to Ethan: 1 hour of screen time per day, with breaks in between.

Introduced a colorful chart where Ethan could earn stickers for each day he followed the rules.

Established screen-free zones: the dining room and bedrooms.

Introduced new activities: board games, puzzles, and outdoor play.

Ethan had a hard time adjusting, showing some resistance and frustration, but they managed to have a family game night without screens. 🎲

Day 2: Implementing Boundaries Ethan started the day with 30 minutes of screen time, followed by a trip to the park.

Nara set up a schedule with screen time divided into two 30-minute sessions: morning and late afternoon.

They created a “fun jar” with activities Ethan could choose from when he wasn’t using screens.

Ethan earned his first sticker and chose a family walk.

There was still some resistance, but less than the previous day.

Day 3: Encouraging New Habits

Ethan was more receptive to the routine and chose a book from the “fun jar” in the morning.

Screen time was again divided into two sessions, with outdoor play and crafting in between.

Nara involved Ethan in cooking dinner, which he enjoyed and helped distract him from screens.

By evening, Ethan was more engaged in non-screen activities and earned his second sticker.

Day 4: Building Consistency

Ethan followed the new routine with minimal complaints.

They spent time at a local museum, and Ethan didn’t ask for his tablet once.

Introduced a reward for earning 5 stickers: a special outing of Ethan’s choice.

Screen time was limited to the scheduled slots, and Ethan was getting used to the new activities.

Day 5: Positive Reinforcement

Ethan earned his third sticker and chose to play a new board game with Nara.

Nara noticed Ethan was asking for screens less and seemed more content with his new activities.

Screen time remained structured, and Ethan started to enjoy his non-screen time more.

Day 6: Continued Success

Ethan followed the routine without any issues.

They spent the afternoon building a fort with blankets and pillows, which Ethan loved.

Nara used positive reinforcement, praising Ethan for his cooperation and creativity.

Ethan earned his fourth sticker, and Nara felt more in control.

Day 7: Establishing a New Normal

Ethan’s screen time was down to 1 hour total, divided into two 30-minute sessions.

The family spent the day at the zoo, and Ethan didn’t mention screens at all.

Ethan earned his fifth sticker, and they planned a special trip to get ice-cream as a reward.

By the end of the week, Ethan was happily following the new routine, and Nara felt relieved and empowered.

This is just one of my many success stories, and I always say: Consistency Is Key!

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