Be unexpected, adventurous and not afraid to break the rules. "Parents, of course, are strained right now balancing work and caregiving. Often they go to the same bag of tricks to try to stave off endless hours of screen time. 'We try to pacify children with a smorgasbord of options, and all those options stop being interesting — like the wallpaper,' Bogart says. Novelty is key. It takes planning, but that can reap benefits." Arianne Cohen analyses in Bloomberg Businessweek.