[media-credit name=”essence.com” align=”aligncenter” width=”300″][/media-credit]Do you have regulated TV habits for your children? Some parents use the TV like a babysitter, they just plunk the kid down in front of it so they can get things done in the house. Many Naija mums are like that and if you’re such a parent, don’t feel bad, most of us have been there before. However too much TV is not good for your child and researchers have found that it alters the brain structure of a child. If you want to know more about the negative effects of too much TV on your child, read this article.
This topic came up for discussion a couple of weeks back and one particular mother had a unique form of regulating her kids’ TV time and we’ll share them here with you.
No TV at all on week days, instead focus on homework and read a book.
This might not work for you, but it is generally advised that you limit the amount of TV children watch if they have school the next day. If they are done with their homework and there’s still time, you could read to them (or if they’re old enough they read for themselves) or you could play a game together.
Saturdays are game days where the family plays a game together where everyone can participate.
If you are not bogged down with laundry and grocery shopping, or weddings/parties, you can make your Saturdays an outing day for the children. Take them to the zoo (if you have one) or to a park. Let them go somewhere they can play or even go to the cinema to watch a movie.
If you have a lot on your hands though and you can’t go far from home, they could watch TV or you could think up an activity for them.
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These are family movie days; pick a movie that the entire family can watch.
If you choose to adopt this and you have more than one child, let each one take a turn in picking a movie. Daddy and Mummy can also take a turn, but the key is to pick something everyone can enjoy. This is a great way of teaching your children order and also to think of the needs of others.
The children can watch anything they want, but on YouTube and there’s parental control.
Now, this might not work for you because it might require a really expensive internet bundle, but you could get DVDs instead if you don’t want them watching TV.
This is what works for one mother and is merely a guide so you don’t have to follow it hook, line and sinker. Instead take bits and pieces and use it to form a TV routine that works for your family. Whatever you do, try as much as possible to ensure that you supervise what your children watch on TV. Don’t forget that less TV time means more time to read and more time to spend being a family.