Watching TV With My Son Changed Our Pandemic Screen Time for Good

“He’s watching too much TV,” my husband whispered as we piled into the car.

Yes, I’d noticed how long it took to pry the remote control from my 7-year-old’s hand before we left. These days, I didn’t recognize my son unless he was holding the remote. They were inseparable, like he and that drool-drenched frog he loved from his toddler days. Still, I brushed off my husband’s comment. I mean, how bad could it be? Later, in the drive-thru line, my kid sobbed from the backseat, “I just want to go home and watch TV!” I guess it could be that bad. When had screen time become his everything?

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