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Perhaps the most important question for parents is "Who do you want to raise your children?"
You may know quality time is great, but that quantity time is also crucial. So, you can have all this desire to be a hands-on parent.
But parenting is extremely undervalued in our society. There is no money or glory. Instead of being hands-on, we are forced into other life demands like work.
To really be successful in caring parenting, society needs to change - see here and here. Until then, stop feeling guilty and do your best! 

Did you know that modern screens are one contributor to the earlier onset of puberty? Their blue light disrupts the brain's melatonin system not only affecting healthy sleep patterns but also producing premature puberty. Other factors are obesity and man-made chemicals in plastics/cosmetics/pesticides/etc. (BBC, posted 5 January 2018, accessed 13 January 2018).

Some tips:-
  • No screens before age two. 
  • No screens in bedrooms.
  • Screen time ends at least one hour before bedtime.
  • Use a blue-light reducing program like f.lux to avoid disturbing natural sleep cycles and to avoid overearly puberty.
  • Consistency of all this across multiple homes. In other words, all carers must do similar.
  • Try earning or balancing TV/video game/social media time with: time spent in physical activity, nature, 'serving others' (seva). (Partly inspired by Dr Robert Lustig)
  • You must try to model the behaviour which you want to see! Do you exercise and spend time in nature and hang out with real non-digital people?
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Positives to Screen Time & Children
  • 'All the evidence suggests young people are increasingly shunning the unhealthy behaviours of previous generations. Not only are they less likely to smoke, they drink less, take drugs less and socialise less. The reason? Research suggests they have exchanged the traditional vices for social media and gaming.' (BBC, posted and accessed 29 March 2019)
Also see:-

Violence in Movies & Computer Games

Electromagnetic Radiation & Children

Effective Communication & Children

Women & Failure

Success for Society

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