As cold weather and the holidays arrive, parents often let healthy media habits slip. How can families maintain their media standards during the busyness of the season?
Plan media time.
Preapprove DVDs or television shows, telling your kids that they can watch “x” amount of television per day and they can choose from these programs. If necessary, provide a way for kids to keep track of the time.
Prepare screenless activities.
Take time to fill a couple of boxes with books, board games, crafts and coloring books. Bring these materials out when you’re tempted to flip on the TV.
Integrate kids into holiday planning.
Invite your kids to join you in cooking family recipes and hanging holiday décor. For family get-togethers, ask relatives if they might spend time with each of the kids. Consider stories, sledding trips, or teaching the basics of a new instrument. If you plan ahead, your family may be all the entertainment you need!
This article appeared in the October/November 2011 issue of
Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2011 by Ashleigh Slater.
Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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