Limit Screen Time
As the summer approaches, it’s time to schedule new activities for your child but make sure they have free playtime to do as they please. It’ll put a smile on your face to watch your child simply enjoy playing outdoors. Make it fun; find a new park, go on family walks around the neighborhood, look for treasures in your yard!
When it comes to the TV … Out of sight, out of mind!
Don’t have TV, computer, gaming consuls, and other electronics in your child’s room. Have a designated place where your child puts the items when time is up, and that is where they stay!
Have you ever given thought to a “screen-free” lifestyle?
One mother gives an interesting opinion to her household which is screen-free. What if screen time is taken out of the daily routine??
“They never ask to watch, because it’s never been an option. I don’t have to say no. It’s that simple.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1-2 hours of screen time a day for older children and absolutely no screen time for kids under 2-years-old. Don’t forget quality control when it comes to programming.
This is also something you need to think about as a parent. Breastfeeding, changing diapers, etc. are not times to catch up on your shows. Talk to your child, take advantage of this perfect bonding time.
- Don’t have your TV on for background noise. –Your child is being exposed even if not directly watching it.
- Have a set time for electronics. — Watch it for the allotted time then turn it off.
- Give your child the opportunity to turn off electronics themselves. Give them the control.
- Don’t use electronics to help your child “wind-down” — try a snuggle & a book instead!
- No screen time during play dates. Let them interact with each other and enjoy each others company.
Finally, talk to your child about why screen time should be limited. They need to understand why exactly you enforce limits on screen time.
No, a little Sesame Street isn’t going to permanently damage your child, but reading a book, singing, talking and playing with your child are far better for their development. Figure out what works for you and your child.