Kids and screens: What’s a parent to do?

Kids and screens: What’s a parent to do?

The battle began almost as soon as our daughters got home from school.

“Daddy?” asked Madeline, our 8-year-old second-grader. “Could I use an ‘I’ with a ‘Pad’ to watch ‘Bunk’d’ on Netflix?” Within minutes, she and her 6-year-old sister, Lily, were arguing over whose turn it was to choose a show.

Having been parents for nearly a decade, my wife and I have what seem like a a million toys, a bazillion crayons and other coloring tools, and a Library of Congress-level of books around our Oakland home.

Yet nothing, and I mean nothing, grabs their attention and pulls them in like a screen.