How to Create Healthy Media Boundaries with Screen Time Agreements

No parent is a stranger to the challenges that social media and devices cause. The COVID-19 school, sport and social activity closures have only exacerbated the problem causing kids to spend more time indoors and away from friends. Many times the easier thing to do is to let your child plop themselves in front of their gaming console or the TV but as all parents know, this comes at a detrimental cost to your child’s health. As parents, it’s our job to help guide them in a safe direction and to help them understand that there are reasons for screen time limits (it’s not just “because I said so”). 

Consider External Factors 

Help your child understand the health risks associated with too much screen time or dangerous media use (inappropriate chat rooms, non-kid friendly sites, unrealistic body standards, etc.). What you talk about all depends on their age. Of course, teens face way different issues than younger kids. As parents, we also need to work to better understand how they are feeling during this time as media is a huge place holder for socializing, milestones (prom and graduation) and extracurriculars that have been removed from their lives. 

 This also means that media agreements should be adjusted with our current climate in mind. Kids must understand though, that this increase in screen time is dependent on their access to other activities and socialization. Once the world begins to shift closer to what used to be our normal, so too should screen time.

Listen to Each Other 

In order to create a reasonable agreement that kids will actually follow, there needs to be an open discourse. Ask your kids questions and encourage them to share their feelings about spending time online. Some questions to spur the conversation could include: 

- What do you think healthy screen time looks like? 
- How does online school make you feel? What do you like/dislike about it? 
- Do you feel more tired after online school or in-person school? 
- Do you miss going to school? What do you miss most about going to school?   - Have you ever seen someone being bullied online? How did you react? Do you feel comfortable letting us know if someone or yourself is being bullied? 
- What are some screen-free activities that you love? Are there any new hobbies you’d be interested in learning? (Swap out with sports, instruments, etc. based on your kid.) 

 Talking through the various aspects of online time will help you come to a reasonable agreement — reasonable screen time depends on your family’s lifestyle and values but you should note that keeping screen time to a minimum is recommended if possible. Once your family is comfortable with your media plan, you can put it into writing by using a screen time agreement printable (provided below by Panda Security): 

 Use one or more of the agreements depending on your child’s age and interests. Our world is rapidly changing so don’t forget that these should be periodically reevaluated and that media conversations should always be an open topic. You’d rather have your child bring an issue to you than break the agreement behind your back. It also helps instill the importance of positive screen time if you and your partner partake in your own media agreements – not only is it good for you too but it will also set a great example for your kids to follow!


DIY Mother’s Day Gift Tags

As many of us are spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time for a DIY project. With Mother’s Day approaching, we wanted to share these free and elevated DIY gift tags perfect for wrapping.  

DIY Mother's Day Gift Tags

These free gift tags from our friends at Zola are perfect for other special occasions such
as birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and more. Check out our four unique designs
that you can download and print at home. 

Whether you are gifting something wellness focused or sentimental, these gift tags are
the perfect way to dress up your present. You can download the blank gift tags here

Materials needed:
A printer 
A pair of scissors
A hole puncher 


Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Organizing your life can be extremely satisfying and rewarding. There’s nothing that beats showing
up on time and remembering every grocery item on your list. Not to mention, when you log on to
work at the start of the week and you know exactly what you need to tackle during the day. 

For a little while now, there has been a running trend called “bullet journaling.” A bullet journal is
basically an art book for adults. You’re creating every line, margin, and list to help you organize
your life exactly how you want to—and in style. 

Even though sitting down and drawing out a planner sounds like a daunting task, it has shown such
success in areas other than organization. Some people find it therapeutic, as it’s like drawing in a
coloring book—but for adults. You spend time creating the ultimate cleaning list, meal prep, or weekly
layout to achieve your dream life. 

If you’re ready to get started or are to restart during this time spent out home, Mint’s created perfect
printables to help you craft the perfect journal to manage every aspect of your life. 

Tools to Help You Get Started

If you’re on a mission to save during this time, we’ve created a printable ruler and stickers to
decorate your first weekly layout. 

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Create Positive and Healthy Habits

When mapping out your goals, you may get excited. Next time you’re mapping out your goals, or
even brainstorming creative ways to stay busy during this time, we’ve created happy day stickers
to do just that. 

Print and cut each sticker out and either glue or tape them to your journal for a little mood boost. 

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Don’t Forget Anything

When creating your journal, you may want to add subtle reminders of things you’d like to get done
throughout the week. If you don’t want to add each reminder to your journal, print and cut out our
note stickers. Tape these to your monthly layout so you don’t forget even the littlest of tasks!

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Schedule In Time for Your Family
During this time, it’s important to make time for your loved ones. Whether that may be over the
phone, or planning quality time with each other at home. If you’re able to get out and go to the
movies, have a movie game night with our printable. If you aren’t able to leave, check out our
holiday printables pieces for some other game night ideas for those nights spent at home. 

Family Movie Bingo Printable

Dropbox link with all of our printables: here
Dropbox link with all of our Monthly Review stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Movie Night Bingo mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Customizable Note stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Happy Day stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our download buttons: here