Creating Your Child's
Having electronics in the bedroom is proven to create a difficult environment for children to relax. Our child's bedroom should be a sanctuary space that promotes calmness, and is free from electronics (the same goes for us as parents, by the way!). To begin, clear unnecessary clutter and devices from the space. As an alternative, place books around the room for nighttime reading. If your child is older, and not much of a reader, ask him or her what their favorite movies are, and buy book versions or similar category books. Your teen may not respond well at first, but just let it be. A few nights without the device in the room may suddenly make those books seem more appealing!
So if you think of the bedroom as a space for your child to re-charge, a great way to remove the devices is to create a place for them to re-charge as well. Make it a "must" for all family members (including you, mom and dad!). Choose a set time, and at that time, collect all devices (phones, laptops, tablets, iPods, etc.), and place them in the re-charging station overnight. You'll wake up refreshed, and your devices will be fully powered for necessary use. It's helpful if the re-charging station keeps devices out of site, and if it's called for, locked up.
The POWER Cord, is. Did you know the average kid today spends more than eight hours per day, seven days a week plugged-in to electronic devices? If you have stationary devices that must be housed in your child's bedroom (i.e. a computer for school, a television for when friends come over, a gaming system from grandma, etc.), set a time daily where you remove the power cord from the device entirely, and tuck it away with the devices in the charging station. Often electronics play a role in bedtime ritual, but rather than that stimulation,, allow your child the chance to self-soothe him/herself to sleep by reading, journal writing, drawing, or even meditating. It's a life skill they will thank you for down the road. Model this behavior yourself, so they can see you are walking the talk.
Research Makes It Clear
In 2009, the spike in adolescents being diagnosed with ADHD was backed up by research that showed the link between technology and our brains.
The birth of social media creates alarming statistics on children’s use of technology, including the adverse affects, including physical abnormalities.
Social Media & Self-Esteem
The dopamine that’s released with every “like” on a photo or every “comment” on a post is addictive, and will drive our children’s self esteem in negative ways.
Meditation Anchors Us All
The quality of our children’s lives is only as good as the relationship they have with their inner self. Meditation is an anchor, an integral part of this connection.