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07/10/2017
Now that your child is out on summer break and has a lot of free time, you may want to help them create healthy habits regarding the TV. To learn a few tips on how to do that, read this post.

How to Create Healthy TV Habits

As a parent, you're surely worried about how your child will spend their time off school. That's why, if you don't want them to waste their summer break simply watching TV, you should teach them how to develop a healthy relationship with the television. For a few tips on the matter, read through the ones mentioned in the post below.

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Set the Right Example for Your Child

Before you begin lecturing your child about how they should watch television, you need to do three things. The first is to take a quick introspection into your own habits. Do you spend most of your free time watching TV? And if so, what kind of content are you consuming? Secondly, you should realize that your child's behavior is heavily influenced by your own. If you watch a lot of TV then it's likely they will too, and nothing you tell them will make them change their habits. Finally, you need to lead by example. This means that if you want them to have a healthy relationship with the TV, you need to have one, too.

Apply a Few Restrictions

Boundaries are important in order to manage your child's relationship with the TV. That's why, if you want to keep them from being absorbed by it during their whole summer break, you should set a few rules, like the following:
  • Only allow your child to watch a set number of hours of TV a day (for example, you can let them watch 2 or 3 hours every day).
  • Ensure they only watch television after they have completed their chores, so they can view it as something that has to be earned, and not a given.
  • Don't let them watch TV while they eat or are doing other activity, as it can distract them and be detrimental to them.
  • Finally, they shouldn't watch TV up to an hour before bed, since the programming can excite them and hinder a restful night.

Watch Quality Products

Truth be told, not all TV is bad. There is quality content out there that, aside from being entertaining, can have some educational value for your child. There are shows aimed at children that will help them learn about math, history, zoology, art, and much more. So, while your child deserves down time and a chance to just have some silly fun watching whatever they want on TV, you should encourage them to watch higher quality shows from time to time. This way, they'll be unknowingly keeping their brain awake and developing their knowledge and abilities while they watch and have fun.

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Become a Critical and Active Consumer

The real danger with watching TV is doing so in a mindless and passive way. This means that you simply absorb what's being presented to you, without ever stopping to question what it is that you're watching. If you'd like your child to become more critical and have a more active role as they engage in watching TV, simply help them think about what's going on. You can do so by asking questions about the characters in the TV shows and the situations they're going through, about the decisions they make and what they would have done differently, and more. You should even help them analyze the ads that run in that time slot.

Give Them Options of Things to Do

In some occasions, children will watch TV because there's nothing better to do. That's why, if they have too much free time on their hands, they run the risk of becoming a couch potato that spends all of their summer break watching TV shows and movies. To keep that from happening, ensure they have enough activities to engage in if they so choose. For example, you can enroll them in a class or summer camp during their time off school (e.g. swimming lessons, drawing classes, science camp, and more). You should also provide enough books, puzzles, and other items that can grab their attention and keep their mind active and developing.

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