You may think it's as essential to parenting young children as baby wipes and snacks. But when it comes to transitioning kids away from electronics, that two-minute heads-up actually makes matters worse. Research found that if kids ages 1 to 5 were given a warning by their parents, they were more upset when the TV or tablet went away. Meltdown-free stopping strategies, from study author Julie Kientz, Ph.D. include working the instruction into a routine ("You can play on the iPad while I shower, but then it's off") or agreeing ahead of time on a natural end point (when the credits roll on Little Charmers, for example).
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