Teaching Our Teens To Be Away From Their Phones

We need to teach our teens how to be away from their phones.
If a teen already has a phone, set up a schedule where they are away from it. And when introducing a phone to a child, post a schedule where they must put it away. Acknowledge the panic feelings that can set in when the phone is away, and talk about strategies to overcome this feeling. Remember, your kids are watching how you use your phone, so make a schedule for yourself and be sure to stick to it!

Andrea Loewen Nair is a psychotherapist and writer in London, Ontario Canada who specializes in the connection between parents and their children. She has been our most-read writer at YMC for 2013, 2014 and 2015! Andrea's parenting help can be found here and through her "Taming Tantrums App," which is available through your smartphone app store.