Children should spend no more than one to two hours on screens, according to recommendations provided by the AAP. Unfortunately, children are increasingly dependent on mobiles, tablets and TV screens for their entertainment, learning, and sense of connection. This can be a real source of conflict within families. Both children and parents themselves seek a solution that works for the family. Imposing limits and sanctions is a common approach to the problem, but what if there is a more creative option?
Given that the rise in screen time correlates with a decrease in outdoor playtime, what if families create an outdoor space that offers something for everyone? If the garden provides something of interest to each member of the family from young to old, perhaps it could become a hub for connection? Such is a place to step away from screens and enjoy each other’s company. Let’s consider what an ideal family garden space might offer.