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We have 936 weeks with our children from when they are born until they turn 18. How we spend each of those weeks will shape their future.
We read the blogs, articles, statists, and research. The numbers are alarming, to say the very least.
Research shows that between nine months old and two years, children spend 912 hours in front of a screen. That’s nearly 5 and a half waking weeks.
From 3 to 7 years old, they spend nearly 37 waking weeks with a digital device.
From 8 to 12 years old, they spend 10,950 hours, that’s 65 waking weeks, staring at a screen.
And then from 13 years old until 18, they spend an additional 98 waking weeks transfixed on a screen.
It all adds up to 205 waking weeks with our children that we are giving away. Rather, that we are throwing away.
The numbers are alarming. Yet reading them, I come time and time again to this one thought:The last thing any of us parents need is guilt.
Rather, we need hope. And inspiration. And practical ideas for reclaiming this time. We need to know that we are not powerless.
Screens are stealing childhoods. They are robbing us of our legacies. And they are threatening our families. And we are the ones lowering our guard and giving them the upper hand in this battle. But not any more.
As Gary Chapman puts it in his book, Growing Up Social:
“It takes effort to switch from the convenience of screen time to an interactive or tactile activity for a child. But the benefits of your son’s or daughter’s development are well worth it. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your child adjusts to new screen-free routines.”
Inconvenience is a small price to pay when it comes to redeeming childhoods and protecting families. I’d say a few temper tantrums or meltdowns is well worth the victory in this battle.
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It’s not too late. Are you ready? It’s time to #RedeemThe205
Raising kids stirs something deep in our souls — an innate knowing that our time is finite. Taking my kids outside in creation, I’m discovering how to stretch our time and pack it to the brim with meaning. God’s creativity provides the riches of resources for teaching the next generation who He is and how He loves us. Join our adventure and discover inspiration and resources for refusing rush, creating habits of rest, living intentionally, and making the most of this beautiful life!
Great post, thanks for sharing!!!
We try. Lord knows we try. But some days Elmo is the only thing standing between me and a breakdown, lol!
I’m game! Bring it! 😀
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