Top Tips for Transitioning Children off Screens Without Tantrums

If you have a child at home who loves their screen time and you find it hard to transition them from the tablet to another activity without tears and big emotions, this article is for you. There are ways to make turning screens off less of a dramatic experience and you should definitely try them in your own home.

Transitioning Children off Screens Without Tantrums
Top Tips for Transitioning Children off Screens Without Tantrums

#1 Screens Off! – Warn The Child First

Even for us adults, transitions are way easier when you know they are coming. Not only should you tell your child that they have 10 more minutes on the tablet, for example, but also what’s happening next. Let them know that after they are done you will be getting ready to go on a walk or you have another activity planned.

#2 Speak In a Way They Understand

If your child is too young to tell time, you should explain in a way they will understand. Use something like: “When the video is over, we will turn off the tablet and get ready for our walk.” This will make it clear for your little one when screen time is over.

Top Tips for Transitioning Children off Screens Without Tantrums

#3 Keep the Fun Going!

What makes it even harder for your child to get off the screen is the fact that usually, they have to pick up toys or do something else they don’t like. They want to keep the fun going and watch their favorite show instead of doing chores. If you try one tip, let it be this one – keep up the fun and stimulation even after the child has turned off their tablet. Don’t ask them to do something else right away but let them enjoy some time playing or engage them in an activity they love to do!

#4 Stick to the Decision

No matter how hard your child takes it, you should stick to what you have said about turning off the screens. If you said one show and then the TV will be turned off, make sure you do that. If you stick to your word, your child will understand better what can and can’t be done in your home and will adapt easier to the rules you have set.

Top Tips for Transitioning Children off Screens Without Tantrums

#5 Lead by Example

If you tell your little one that it is time to get off the screen, make sure you do that too! Hide your tablet and/or phone away and do something together as a family. When your child sees you are following the same rules you set for them, they will be more willing to listen and forget about the tantrums.