Break bad tech habits early - One step at a time

Young children are so impressionable and it is so important to develop good habits when they’re young. That’s why the issue of technology is so critical with this young age.

Technology can be used for good, but so many kids have developed these bad habits before the age of 5. And then what happens is these kids enter kindergarten not able to sit and listen to a book, or play with toys.

That’s why it’s critical you break the bad tech habits EARLY.

But breaking a habit isn’t easy. And you know not all technology is bad. That’s why this 3 step process is SO helpful for families of young children.

Step 1: Your Goals

Examine your goals and reasons for technology. Consider what are the expectations that make the most sense for your family. The when, the what, and the where are three key considerations.

Consider things like your preferences when your child can use technology. Do you want them to only use it when you’re out running errands with them? Or only for so many hours per day? When they have toys around do you have an expectation that they’re off the technology or do they have access when they want.

Do you have an expectation that they only use certain types of devices, or certain content? If you are okay with your child using your phone, have you considered the parental controls that are missing on your adult device? And have you set the expectation and consistency on when they can use your adult device or not?

Young children don’t understand what the main purpose for the phone is and imitate you so be mindful of when you’re using your phone or other forms of technology. And as you think about what device, decide what type of content you will or will not give your child access to. Would you like them to use it as a learning tool, or more as a way to pass the time watching videos?

Think about where you will allow your child to use technology. Some people are okay with letting their child have a TV in their bedroom, but not a tablet, and others think the opposite because a tablet can be more easily monitored or removed at bed time. Consider where you restrict your child from using technology such as in the car, or when visiting family.

Write down your goals and expectations. This is a list of things that will help you stay in tune and focused as you begin to break the habit. Write down what it would look like, sound like and how the use of their technology will feel among you and your child such as behavior. For example, when your child gets to the age of 7 or 8 what would you hope they can do on their own?

Step 2: Prioritize

Prioritize and pick JUST ONE area. Examine the list of goals and expectations you have. That is your endgame and where you want to be right? Don’t overdo it. Just pick one and change that habit and then add on. If you try to do too much what do you think might happen?

Here’s why picking one thing at a time will work.

Imagine someone wants to start living a healthy lifestyle but they are very obese, never exercises, eats over 3000 calories a day and it’s all carbs or fats. Choosing one day to just give it all up is going to take an ordained amount of effort not just to get started, but to also maintain it right?

But imagine if this person decides one day to just start moving more? Walking, every day for a week and then starts to add on other pieces one step at a time. It doesn’t change their goals right? It just makes attaining their goal more manageable chunks.

Do this for your child. They process things more quickly with their emotions and technology addiction can be a big burden to overcome.