So it’s clearly no parenting secret that screen time is the alleged enemy of 2019.
With scientific studies likening it to heroin addiction and doctors linking it to all sorts of behavioral problems, we’re all pretty well aware at this point that electronics, while not inherently evil, need to have their limited time and place.
But have you ever got to see the results of your own kids on an “electronics detox” for yourself?
After her 8-year-old son got in trouble, Lewis decided to ground him from electronics indefinitely — and to her sheer horror, the response was catastrophic. As her son screamed in a furious fit of rage, the disheartened mother noticed he looked nothing like the sweet boy she once knew.
“It scared me to the point of tears,” she shared.
But what happened in the days that followed was so utterly “miraculous,” she just couldn’t keep quiet about it.
“We are only on day 8 of no electronics, and I am so amazed at what I’ve seen that I am on fire to share it with the world,” said Lewis.
Even 15 days into the detox when her son was allowed back on the Ps4 and iPad, she explained that he had a peaceful sort of detachment from the devices he was once glued to. He didn’t even throw a fit anymore when she said his screen time was up!
After reading Lewis’ viral Facebook post below, you might just consider your own electronics detox!:
“Last week, The Boy (age eight) got in trouble and my husband and I decided, as his punishment, to take away all of his electronics for an undetermined amount of time. No iPod. No Ps4. And he flew into a fit of rage. In his anger, he even said some horribly disrespectful things to my husband and me. When I looked at him, screaming like a lunatic, he didn’t look anything like my sweet little boy. He wasn’t himself. It scared me to the point of tears.
He’s always loved video games- ever since I handed him an iPad at age 3 to keep him quiet on long road trips. I just didn’t realize how addicted he was to them until my husband locked away every gaming console in the house .
It’s my fault. I know it is. I haven’t stuck to screen time limits. I’ve caved and let him play because I was busy. I’ve sent him upstairs to his Ps4 so I could finish writing. I’m not blaming anyone but myself.