No mere child's play
Original post made on Nov 21, 2007
Yet some parents are depriving children of valuable playtime, said the authors, a group of doctors led by Philadelphia-based Kenneth R. Ginsburg.
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on Nov 21, 2007 at 12:45 pm
A couple of my own observations.
Play time is important, and there should be plenty of playtime that does nto involve a screen of any description. I have seen friends come over and they spend the whole time watching one person play a video game. That is not play. If they can't play outside, how about board games, scrabble, monopoly, plus some of the newer apples to apple type games are great for kids to play on their own.
Sticking preschoolers in front of Sesame Street and similar shows for hours on end is not teaching them anything. The tv is not a babysitter and shows should be watched by parent and child together for no more than 30 minutes at a time and then parent and child should be talking about the show as they watch.
Chores are an important family or friendly way of kids spending time together. Get them raking leaves, washing the car, baking cookies. It is not too important how well the job is done until they are older, it is getting them to learn that doing their share of the chores makes them useful and can be fun.
on Nov 21, 2007 at 6:22 pm
It is smart for your children to hae guidelines but do not be so enforceful like on a 30 minute tv schedule? cmon, there kids. You need to set guidelines and let the children make their own decisions and if they do something wrong make then think about how what they did was wrong.
on Nov 21, 2007 at 6:39 pm
When I was a kid, we use to just run out the back door and be home by dinner time. Now there are too many dangers (or we are aware of these dangers more) and cannot just let our children roam and run around the neighborhood. Even during my childhood, I noticed a change in attitudes when drug problems started becoming an issue at our local schools. Things have changed gradually, but parents just need to find ways to let their children have unstructured playtime. Perhaps less after-school lessons and more playdates in the park.