Is TV Really Harmful to Toddlers?

5 TV-Free Alternatives

1. Spend special time together when you first reunite at the end of the day. This is an important transition time for parents and young children. It can take time to get back into rhythm with each other. Taking time to cuddle together, hang out outside, read or just slow down and watch your child play is an important factor in the success of the rest of the evening.

2. Involve your children in whatever you are doing. Cooking with toddlers definitely has its challenges, but it also has its joys. However you involve your child in cooking, expect at least some mess. Toddlers can use a scrub brush to wash potatoes or other vegetables in a tub with a tiny bit of water in the bottom. They can wash lettuce, spin it in the salad spinner (with help) and tear it up in a bowl for salad. Toddlers can take tortillas out of the package, put them on a cookie sheet and lay cheese on top. Toddlers can also push the buttons on the blender (with supervision). It is important, however, to check your frame of mind before you begin cooking with young children. It doesn't work well if you are tired, cranky or in a hurry.

How do you lure your kids away from the TV? Share your thoughts below.

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