Less Television, More Fun

Let’s face it, parents, sometimes television is easier.

Sometimes it’s so much easier to just fire up Nick Jr. and let your children dance and prance the day away in front of the television. However, too much television – even wholesome and educational programs – is never a good thing, especially for growing minds. Sometimes your little ones need to get out and about, they need to get active.

That’s why I wrote a few suggestions:

1. Arts and Crafts. Nothing promotes creativity and good motor functions like some good old fashioned arts and crafts. Paints, popsicle sticks, glue, cotton balls – the whole nine yards. Let your child use their imagination and explore the depths of their own creativity and, remember parents, the messier the better. Just be sure and put down some newspaper or plastic to avoid a nasty mess.

2. The Great Outdoors. If you have a good clear wire connection then go online and find some hiking trails in your area. Just make sure you prepare. No shorts or short sleeve shirts – you don’t want to get any ticks or poison ivy – and make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray and a first aid kit. Also, make sure you do your research. Don’t pick a trail that is too challenging or dangerous for your child.

3. Family Game Night! Nothing beats a good board game. Some of these games can even teach your child basic fundamentals like matching, word association, process of elimination and even facts about how the world works. They’ll have a great time, and you’ll feel good knowing that your child is learning and having fun.

4. Shadows On The Wall. While you’re at it. Don’t just turn off the TV, turn off the lights. All you need is a flashlight and a bare wall or curtain. Make shadow creatures against the light and let your child guess the animal.

And that’s just a few ideas.

Parents, you really need to get creative and find ways to promote activity. A little TV might not hurt anyone, but a lot can. Look into new ways your children can spend their days and give the television a rest.

Brian Edwards has spent most of his writing career helping parents find fun and interesting ways to spend time with their children. As a child at heart, Brian knows a thing or two about having fun, and staying active and invites all you parents out there to find exciting and fascinating ways to challenge your kids.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Janet W. says:

    I do believe that too much TV, for any age, is bad. Our society is getting very lazy and I think TV shows is what is amounting to us being so unhealthy. There are lots of other fun things to do besides watch TV!

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    Marcie W. says:

    I fully agree about TV being too much! Kids need to get up and get moving more often!

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    Heather says:

    It is so much easier to be frugal with television when you never let it get started in the first place. We have never had cable in our house, but we made a concession and got Netflix. I wish I never had !!! It makes it far too easy ( for me or the kids) to just turn something on. All of these are great suggestions !We also like to play a game where we turn ll of the lights out, and either Daddy or I have the flashlight. We start with the flashlight turned off, and tell the kids ” on the count of three make your best ________face.” It can be “eating a lemon face” “sweet face” scary face” scared face” etc. We count to three, flash on the flashlight…very funny…even more fun if the other parent is taking pictures :D

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    Sarah B says:

    We do Netflix at our house (gives us a little more control over the programming.) We try not ot make it a central feature of our home. There are so many other things to do as a family!

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    Masooma says:

    Agree!! I had the hardest time getting my son to stop watching so much TV, but once he discovered the wonderful books at the library, he broke his habit!! Now he’s become a bookworm!

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    Blair Gwin says:

    Agreed 100%. Children are not getting outside and playing until dinner anymore! That is how I was raised! It is so important for parents to plan activities with their children. Not only to keep them out of the house and in front of the television, but for bonding time! Love this post!

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