This is a guest post by Pumpic Mobile Monitoring
TVs and tablets can prove a true blessing amidst the chaotic lifestyle of bringing up a kid, and many swear by them as the baby’s dummy of the 21st century.
If we’re all aware that too much screen time probably isn’t good for our children, the good intention of reducing that screen time is often lost in the hurricane of daily life and the feeling that it can be dealt with later. However, too much time in front of the TV or leaning over the iPad can seriously disrupt your kid’s sleep patterns, not to mention causing attention and emotional problems, and obesity, so it’s worth dealing with sooner rather than later.
In fact, science recommends that kids under two don’t need any screen time at all, and while toddlers and older children can learn and develop with some exposure to the screen, two hours a day is the recommended maximum. So how do go about installing your new low-screen time regime without becoming public enemy number one? The two best remedies are actually pretty stealthy. In the first place, set a good example by reducing your own screen time. You already know they pick up on everything you do. You can even make a point of explaining why you’re switching something off, if it was pointless or distressing to watch. And in the second place, ensure they don’t have a chance to think about reaching for the remote by filling their schedule with alternatives: crafts, sports, and board games. Think about what it is that junior is getting from their screen addiction, and see how you can find ways to answer this need elsewhere.
This is just the start of how you can retune your household environment. There are plenty more tweaks you can make, and they are explored in this new infographic which offers some great creative solutions. In just a few weeks, the tyranny of the glowing screen need no longer rule the house.
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