5 Ways to Get Them Off Their Devices

Do texts seem to get in the way of conversation at your house? Do you feel like smartphones get more face time than faces do? During times of social distancing in the digital era, it’s important to not get lost in our devices, and especially important for kids with developing minds. Try some of these new house rules to get your family to reconnect.

1. Make meals screen-free.

Don’t waste one of the most communal events of the day. Turn off the TV, and put your phones in the living room.

2. Textless Tuesdays.

Designate a weekly device-free family night and spend the time doing something you all enjoy, like hiking, biking or board games.

3. Remind them to make eye contact.

When you talk to each other, try to remember to look each other in the eye. Cut down on the uh-huhs or just-a-secs as you scroll through Facebook.

4. Device blackouts.

Set aside an hour of the night when your home becomes screen-free for the remainder of the night. It can actually help you relax, and you’ll sleep better,too.

5. Information download sessions.


Designate a time to put down your devices and discuss the news and conversations that your kids might be concerned about. Make sure they’re not getting information from non-reputable sources.