I wanted to talk about something that I think every single parent thinks about every single day…
Your kids using screens…
I was shocked to read a stat at the onset of the pandemic that the average North American was spending 13 hours per day in front of a screen. Is that not a recipe for a mental, emotional and physical health disaster?
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-10 are spending 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day.
That’s 115 full days of consuming content & looking at your screen each year.
Is it any wonder why mental health issues & anxiety in children have been skyrocketing in recent years?
I don’t know about you, but I was born in the 80’s where we grew up on nature, sports, art and friendships. When I got home from school each day, we were given a snack and sent outside to play until dinner time. Sure, we had Saturday morning cartoons and video games – but we were strictly limited on how much time we were allowed to spend consuming those mediums.
Call me old fashioned, but we are raising our son, Sauryn the same way…
He gets very little time in front of a screen.
Instead, we allow him the opportunity to enjoy audio stories every day in the afternoon, as a 30-minute decompression and reboot.
His daily audio story was actually what inspired us to start MAJIK KIDS. We noticed there was a deep need for fun, magical, empowering and extremely well produced audio stories.
Having a production company (Majik Media) for the last 15+ years, mixed with the daily ritual of making up new stories and coming up with fun homeschooling activities for Sauryn to enjoy, we decided to give the idea for Majik Kids a shot.
Majik Kids is now a movement of grown-ups who are committed to keeping the magic alive in our kids and this beautiful world we live in.
The audio stories, illustrated books, meditations and h0meschooling activities that come from Majik Kids are here to activate the joy-spark of imagination, creativity, possibilities and play within your magical kids (and grown-ups too).
We are not just here to unite families, but to IGNITE families!
Our audio stories are like “Movies for the Ears” or “Cartoons for the Imagination,” because we partner with talented producers, voice actors & musicians to bring these magical soundscapes to life.
They are all the fun of storytime, without the screen time.
Unlike watching videos or movies, when listening to our audio stories, you and your kids can be playing, coloring, crafting, drawing, hiking, on a road trip driving, baking together, building something, molding with clay, etc…
Watching a screen numbs and distracts us from ourselves, our bodies and our environment. We become like zombies. Whereas, listening to an audio story opens our senses and imaginative capabilities. One form of media turns us into a consumer, while the other turns us into a creator.
Which do you want your kids to become as they grow up in the world we live in?
If you notice the negative mental, emotional and relational effects of your kids (or you) having too much screen time, then check out all of our Majik Kids audio stories and meditations for free at https://MajikKids.com or subscribe to Majik Kids on Spotify or iTunes.
It’s a healthier way to be entertained and inspired!
Written By Bradley T. Morris (father & founder of Majik Kids)