Ease kids back into the school year with a plan that won't make them rebel. Question: My kids are going to get a rude awakening when summer's over. I plan to put an end to all the free time they've been spending on their phones and computers. Any advice on how to ease them in? Answer
: Develop a game plan — with your kids' input — before school starts. Consistency is important. Otherwise, the lure of digital devices can be overwhelming.
Different strategies work for different families: Some parents allot a certain amount of "unwind" time before homework; some prohibit TV and games until all work is done. Timers work for some kids; others are motivated by small rewards. If your kid is computer-inclined, look for software programs that turn time management into a game. And remember that kids pick up tech habits from their parents, so set limits on your own use: let calls go to voicemail, don't check email at night, and don't let digital distractions intrude on family time. —Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media
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