Reports say almost half of our kids spend at least two hours a day watching television. While this might sound harmless, numerous studies show television is definitely taking its toll on our children.
For instance, a study done in the April 2004 journal Pediatrics found that every added hour of watching TV may increase a child’s odds of having attention problems at age 7 by at least 10 per cent. Those who watched for three hours a day between the ages of 1 and 3 were 30 per cent more likely to have attention troubles by age 7.
Other things to consider: television can change your child’s views and food choices, make your kids more materialistic, increase aggressiveness, and may lead to smoking.
Limiting television watching to no more than a few hours each week is suggested. Short attention spans may be only the beginning of future associated problems.
Although you may be accustomed to turning on the television to entertain your young family, or simply occupy them long enough to prepare dinner in peace, there are many other options out there. Here are 10 to get you started:
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Do a puzzle
- Play a board game
- Talk about the day
- Play outside
- Invite a guest over
- Make a “fort”
- Cook a meal together
Good habits begin at home. Squeezing that extra ounce of effort to align (pardon the pun) your day with good habits could help your child from becoming a ‘no brainer’.