March 19, 2016 william

Here’s The Secret For Cutting Your Kid’s Screen Time HINT: Get Moving

This generation of kids have been surrounded by screens since the day they were born: TV, computer, iPad, and telephone. What can a mom or dad do to curb their time? Hint: Get Moving!

1. It Starts With You!

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The best thing you can do is lead by example. Never text while driving. (Your kids will be driving sooner than you think.) Don’t be answering emails when your they are trying to talk to you. Insist on family “down time,”  when all screens are turned off. This can be during meals and the evening hours when the family is together, and homework is done.

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2. Make Screen Time A Reward

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Instead of your kids being online on a regular basis, allow screen time to a reward for work well done! For instance, an hour of activity earns 10 minutes of screen time.

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3. Provide Alternative Activities

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As the kids get closer to bedtime, have them work on quieter activities. reading, Play-Doh, games and crafts all provide just enough stimulation to keep them busy, but allow them to wind down.

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4. Get Moving!

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Chances are when you take away the screen time, your kids will remember how to play again. Organized sports are available. Some require more skill than others, all teach the kids how to socialize and sportsmanship.

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5. Be A Part Of Your Kid’s Activities … Outside And Inside

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Aim higher than just sitting on the sidelines. Many fitness centers offer joint parent – child classes. If time doesn’t allow you to do something this formal, buy bikes or set a time to take a daily walk. Not only are you logging movement, you are making memories! Don’t let the weather keep you from moving.

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