Keeping Kids Away From The Screen
Blog Submitted by Feni Shah
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My son will turn fifteen months old in a few days. In the last couple of weeks, he has taken a huge leap in his development. Although he cannot speak a lot of things but he definitely understands a lot and knows exactly what he wants.
Kids in this age are distracted with the screen. So when kids make unreasonable demands or when they throw tantrums for not getting what they want, parents distract them with screen as that’s the most easy way to divert their minds from the thing they want. This happens the most at the time of their meal as kids do not want to sit and eat, so parents give them iPad or show them something on their phones or just turn on the Television, so that they finish off their food fast. What as parents we don’t realize is, it is that gradually we are making our child more and more addicted to screen each time we offer them the screen to make them do things we want them to do and hence get trapped in this viscous cycle.
Parents are child’s first teacher and so unlocking our child’s full potential is our responsibility. Trying it myself here are some skill developing Maria Montessori inspired things you can easily do at your home and stop your child from becoming screen zombie.
Books play a vital role in moulding delicate minds of kids. Introducing books in an early age is always an advantage in developing their interest towards the world of books. There are variety of books available for various age groups, like books with big and bright images, sound and light books which helps them to relate things, books with short moral stories, books with different textures so that babies can touch and feel how different things are from each other.
Motor Skill Activities
Kids are a power house of energy and channelizing their energy in right direction is very important for their development. Simple activities likes sorting out different shapes and sizes, beads on spaghetti, playing with blocks, making different things from colorful clay, putting things from one basket to another, arranging walnuts in an ice tray, or just tearing papers can be given to kids. The above activities makes them more creative, focused and also develops their fine motor skills.
Children love to mess with things and get dirty, so let them. Giving them something from your kitchen like a juicy fruit or vegetable like tomatoes can be fun too. You can hide their toys in bowl full of uncooked rice or jelly (edible) and let them search. By placing some lemons in water tub and let them take it out with a strainer. Give them water and brush to paint on black board which you can colour it before hand with chalks and see master pieces being created. Taking them to garden and letting them explore the nature, different textures, flowers and allowing them to play in grass and sand helps in boosting their immunity.
You can create your own play station with furniture at home. Placing some boxes, their small chair, car seat or pillows near bed or sofa in such a way that it gives height variations so that they can crawl or walk up and down. For kids its an adventure and they feel happy when they succeed at completing the tasks which increases their confidence in early age of doing things on their own.
Hence by doing these practical life activities, it will not only keep them away from screen but will also develop their skills and lay early foundation of learning in their life.
Thank you for reading and do share other such activities if you have in comments below and help our toddlers to grow strong and smart.
Feni Shah is a Home Maker and Mother to a Baby Boy. She did her Fashion Designing and is a Painter as well. She lives in a Joint Family which helps her to Balance Out Things well.