Hello Doctor, my son who is 7 years old is smart and likes to read non fictional books. He discuss about space and dinosaurs most of the time. Recently we went to a family function where most of the kids are playing with mobiles. From then our son is using our phones and when we say no he is getting angry and talking back to us like all kids do but you don't allow me to. For brushing bathing also we have to push him 5-6 times to do. We are telling him that we don't give him TV or play time if he behave in the same way but that is not helping. If I start telling him in a cool way he is not showing interest to listen like before. He is emotional and sensitive child. He used to cry but now he turns to be angry. Please let me know how I need to change?

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Updated on May 01, 2022

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Answer:
I can understand your concern. That was a one time encounter in the function from where the child picked up the habit. Don't worry by repeated exposure to other things the child may forget it. Instead of telling him not to play on mobile create options in front of him either of games, family games, calling his friends over to your place or taking him to park, engaging him in outdoor activities...options are many choose according to your childs interests. Talk to him on one on one and with his help make his routine and set boundary for his screentime and ask his time for screen and yhen insert accordingly in his routine. Make it beautifully and paste it in his room. For more information Please refer to this: https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/enough-is-enough-tips-to-reduce-screen-time-for-your-child/2594 Take Care

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