Yesterday, we gave Nathan the option of having a second half hour screen time while his sitter was here. We put some strict guidelines on it: it had to be before bed and he couldn't tantrum. I was curious to see whether or not he could manage more than the one screen time that we currently allow him.
The answer to that question was no.
He did fairly well in the lead up, proving how strong a motivator screen time is for him. But then when his sitter told him that it was time to turn off the screen and go to bed: there was a tantrum.
It's disappointing but not unpredictable. Something about the screen leaves Nathan unable to regulate himself. So unfortunately, the answer is to restrict the amount of screen time. And that's not something I see changing for the foreseeable future.