I am guilty when it comes to just allowing the kids to watch television for 2 hours a day. My kids watches television more than that. Yes, I admit, guilty as charged. The thing is, being a work at home Mom, I don't have other ways to keep the kids occupied aside from watching their favorite shows. Our kindergartner only have half day of school everyday. She comes home at 11:20am and my work starts at 12noon. When she gets home, I gave them lunch, get the little potty, prepare their snacks for later and then give them toys and books to entertain them. After they are done with playing and coloring and reading or browsing their books, they will ask for their show to watch. Hubby gets home at 5:00 pm or so from work and that is the time that they will be off the television. Hubby will give them dinner and do assignments and read.
The tv time usually will be about 4 to 5 hours a day, give and take, during weekdays. Then the other day, I watched on the news that researchers and kids' specialist were making some new research and said that kids really can learn a lot in watching tv and instead of limiting the tv time only, it is best to also focus on the quality of tv programs that they are watching. There are lots of programs now that can develop the kids' character and personality as well as having them strong emotional well being. Our kids right now love to watch Incredible Vegetable that teaches them about God as well, Yo Gabba, Gabba that also focus on attitude, Strawberry Shortcake, Dora, and others that teaches them to understand Math and language and problem solving.
I know these programs that they are watching is helpful for their development, but I still want them to limit their tv time as much as possible as I don't want them to be a couch potato at a young age. I still want them to experience an active childhood life and that includes going out and playing outside with their friends.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
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