We have started limiting screen time more and more. I can't quite figure out why, but when DD1 (6) gets a lot of screen time (either TV or iPad) her behavior takes a huge dive. She get's cranky and irritable, doesn't listen as well, and also refuses to do anything BUT screen time. In our own home we do not have cable TV and it is only a little PBS Kids in the morning and that's it. However even then it can be a battle and then all DD talks about is what she saw on TV despite it being a small portion of our day. It's like it takes over her brain even when we are doing interesting and fun stuff the rest of the day.
I have tried to relax it in the past thinking maybe it was a "forbidden fruit" type thing but her behavior always gets worse again. Personally, DH and I can't stand much TV which is why we don't have it but both his and my parents have the TV on ALL THE TIME. They see no problem with letting our kids watch all the time which makes visitnig grandparents kind of stressful at times since we have to be the "bad guys" and "deprive" our kids and turn the TV off. How do I explain this behavior-screentime connection to them? I myself can't figure out exactly why screen-time is so overstimulating to DD1 but when we get home from this latest visit I am considering eliminating it all together.