Today, every parent is apparently facing this situation and many of them are seeking a way out as well. It is about limiting your infant, toddler or kid from screens like television, tablets and mobile. Many of you who are parents of two or more kids are well aware of the crankiness and tantrums that you have to deal with them in the early ages primarily. The most difficult part is that even we are so much used to screens that limiting our kids becomes all the more difficult when we ourselves ain’t able to do it ourselves. Now, for the solution. The solution is basically all about engaging your child into an activity that enhances his or her creative, cognitive and motor skills.
Here are a few tips to help you get your kids engaged into productive activities and play and drive them away from the idiot box and other smaller screens.
Story Telling – The great Albert Einstein said ‘ If you want your children to be intelligent read fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read more fairy tales. It holds true because stories are a powerful medium in it self. Read them or tell them with actions so that they get engrossed. As they grow up they will develop interest in reading as well.
Outdoor Sports – Playing is an integral part of childhood. So, enroll your child into some outdoor sports. It could be playing with friends in the park and some dedicated sports as well. Sports keep kids engaged and fit and most of the kids do love playing so they would eagerly
Hobbies – There’s music, dance, art, craft, painting, pottery, cooking and many choices for your kid. As per his or her interest pick up some hobby activity for your child. This way your child will be engaged in creative activities that will further help him or her hone their creative abilities.
Out of reach – Once the screen time is over keep your mobiles or tablets or ipads in placing where kids can’t see them. This will keep them divert their attention to the activities your trying to engage them in.
Family Time – Go out, trekking, hiking, to a zoo or a super market or a mall for that matter with your kids together. This will help you bond with your kids and vice a versa. This will keep them engaged and will teach them the importance of spending time together with family as well. Besides, it will limit their screen time as well.
It might seem difficult initially to keep your kids away from the screen but trying out these ways, slowly and eventually these should work well and help bring out the best from within your kids. Having said that, it is equally important for you as parents to set an example by limiting screen time be it mobile, tablets, ipads or television for yourself as well. We all know that kids pick up a lot from elders so we need to follow what we preach. It works best only then.
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