DH and I are mostly screen-free with our kids. We have a small tv but only for movies. We don't even have cable or satellite, so nothing comes in on it. We have a netflix subscription, but the only thing usually watch is documentaries. This is all for religious reasons (mostly).
This Christmas we went ahead and got the kids Leappads, which are kind of like tablets for kids. I thought they might be good for educational purposes and that I might even be able to use them as a fun supplement to homeschooling. We had the intention of limiting the time they are allowed to use them, just like we limit the time they are allowed to watch movies.
But now they have been sick for 10 days. Usually when they are sick I let them lay on the couch and watch movies, and then when they get better we put the movies away. It's been 10 days and they have been watching A LOT of movies and playing with the LeapPads. I'm starting to feel funny about it. We aren't video game people, and it bothers me a bit to see them staring at those screens, totally deaf to the world. And while the games do have educational aspects, I'm not so sure they are actually teaching anything....
I know it's only temporary and all the "media" will be put away soon, but I have a feeling we are going to have to go through detox! This morning they started asking for the Leappads right away. I told them no and they complained. Their behavior is noticeably changed when they have been watching a lot of videos and stuff- and not changed for the better.
How do you handle tv/ video game time? Are you screen free totally? What do you do with the kids when they are sick? What do you do with them when YOU aren't feeling good and need a break but don't have anyone to help you?