Friday, July 16, 2010
Pull the Plug!
On the tv set, mind you! A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that despite the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics to limit children's television viewing to one or two quality shows per day and to remove tv's from kid's bedrooms, almost one in five TODDLERS have tv's in their bedrooms! There is no question that the kids with tv's in their bedrooms watch more than two hours per day. Of course they do- it's available all the time!
We know that excessive television exposure is linked with impaired childhood development and childhood obesity. Parents complain that their kids need to be entertained. Well, if they grow up BEING constantly "entertained" by the moving screen, is this a surprise?
Parents, I promise you that if you remove the tv and leave books and A FEW non-electronic toys in your child's room (legos, dolls, blocks) - your child's imagination will be STIMULATED and they WILL be happy and play! TRY IT!
BOTTOM LINE: REMOVE the tv's from kid's rooms and let their imaginations EXERCISE!