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When my son was around 2 he became addicted to youtube. We like other parents fell into the pitfall of allowing him to look at videos when we went out for meals to keep him occupied. We strictly limited usage but it got to the point where if he didn't get the phone he threw a tantrum.

One day we decided just to ban the phone outright, cold turkey. The tantrums lasted for a day or two then he forgot about it completely. I cant proove it was related, but we noticed an immediate increase in his level of vocabulary. Fast forward 4 years and we now use the phone only for calling granny and using the stargazing app at night.

PS We took this lesson and hit upon a great related strategy. We started to artificially "limit" book time with the young kids. And of course this just improves their excitement around reading! Scarcity in action :P




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