Why do we put our children in front of the television? Probably because we are exhausted from work, traffic, paying bills, etc. We all deserve some downtime to ourselves, but too much screen time can impair a child’s development. So what do we do? Children can learn to have self-quieting times in their room. It might take some boundary setting for them to get used to it. What can children do to self-quiet? Read a book, play dress up, look out the window at clouds. Children did this before television was around.