@Crazymonkey150: Thanks! I mean, I was just talking from experience and some things i know already, but your advice is also super great! And important, too.
@Katie: Haha don't worry, you sound like a pretty cool mom It's good to hear it's all doing well. Things will become a routine for the both of you in no time, but it's perfectly understandable that the first days will be a bit stressful
Uggh on the device prob TEEEEEELL MEEEEEEE ABOUUUUUUUUUUT ITTTTTTTT... I mean trust me we are 4 kids in my family it tends to happen. The thing is, a) devices are super fun + useful so everyone who needs/enjoys should be allowed to use them in the household b) they can be addictive and distracting and it's important to keep them under control so...
what we mostly did in my family was, like, discuss it... lol we have that system where we all gather round every so often and discuss our issues and stuff, it's great for everyone involved. And what the rule we set up was basically "don't use your device on another's presence" (or sth like that) because it can get SUPER rude when you're, like, chilling in the living room and so's your sister but she's just staring at her phone... I mean those are just manners, it's not about device use. Also, basically my parents discuss the device use individually with each child, but yeah, the point is to let your kids set & keep their own limits about their own device use. Also parents setting the right example helps. A lot.
Or maybe use the devices as some sort of reward? During this school year I'd basically give my laptop to my dad to keep it in his office during the weekdays and only got it on sundays... that worked... sometimes.... but anyways the point is that kids understand the value of offline life (small voice inside me: what value?) and that they have interesting stuff to do that keeps them away from the screen. Over time they'd just put the limits themselves if they receive a proper "upbringing" on the subject from that early age (at least that's what I'm noticing with us)