5 Ideas To Get Your Child Off-line and ‘On Track’
Children everywhere are plopped in front of a screen as soon as they get home from school and most parents feel guilty about it. If you’re looking for a way to keep your child mentally and physically engaged so that they can spend less time in front of a screen, here are 5 ideas to get you started.
1. Plan for tech-free time
Set aside a day each week where all devices are turned off and the family engages in activities together like a board game or puzzle. Not only will you be off screens, you’ll be spending quality time together and bonding. Knowing when screen time is available will make having tech-free time smoother. For those that rely on taking away video games and tv as punishment, planning your time with screens will create a positive outlook on teach-free activities. Your child may even begin to enjoy the screen-free time spent with family!
2. Read together
Reading is a great way to engage your child's mind and promote a love of learning. Set aside time each day to read together and discuss the story. Try getting out of the house by visiting your local library or bookstore to discover new books and authors!
3. Plan time outside of the house and outdoors
Encourage your child to limit screen time by getting outside the house and exploring the outdoors. Planning activities such as hiking, biking, or visiting a local park will not only provide a break from screen time but also promote physical activity and an appreciation for nature.
4. Get Creative
Encourage your child's creativity by providing them with art supplies, building blocks, or other materials that allow them to express themselves and engage in imaginative play. Some favorites are dot paint, magna tiles and legos! This can also include activities such as cooking or baking, which can be a fun way to spend time together and learn new skills.
5. Get involved in a group activity.
Encourage your child to join a club or team that aligns with their interests. This can include sports teams, music groups, or other extracurricular activities like a dance class. Having a weekly dance class will hold you and your child accountable for getting that screen-free time and physical activity in. Not only will this provide a break from screen time, but it will also promote socialization, teamwork, motor skills and confidence plus a community of like-minded friends.
It’s important to encourage children to have a balance between screen time and real-life experiences. By implementing these ideas, you can help your child develop new skills, promote physical activity, and create lasting memories together.
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