I’d love to say they never have screen time and are constantly reading but I’d be lying! Generally, it’s no iPads during the week, but if I’m about to lose my mind then I will relent; it’s whatever I need to do to get me through the day to be honest.

Our daughter enjoys Peppa Pig so we let her watch that for 20 minutes when she gets home from nursery and eats her lunch.



We don’t make screen time part of our daily routine. We have a large garden so we encourage the children to play outside.

At two years old, Madeleine has very limited screen time and she isn’t yet showing interest and doesn’t have the attention span to want to watch more than ten minutes of television. We try to keep our phones away from her, especially at meal times, so that she doesn’t see us using devices, but it’s not an easy habit to hide, and she is still obsessed with trying to hold and play with the phones. And yes, she gets a daily dose of Baby Shark!


As little as possible. She’s allowed to watch In the Night Garden occasionally for around 15 minutes.



I allow them a certain amount of time (less during the week and more on weekends) and this is established before they start watching. This way they can get a warning and it helps, somewhat, with getting them to stop watching. It’s a battle though, and I try to have either a meal or something fun planned for right after. Going to the playground or playing with Play-Doh are two of our current “go-tos”.

Until they were two years old, it was zero screen time; even in the past few months, we’ve allowed very little screen time. My eldest is allowed to practice his hiraganas and alphabet on a couple of apps, and the twins are allowed to watch the occasional Peppa Pig .



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