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There are plenty of ways to reduce amount of TV your kids watch. There are also lots of things to do instead of being a couch potato.
One reason your child might be watching more TV is because they like music. Instead of turning on TV for them, put on a CD.
Don't eat in front of TV. Make mealtime a time for family to sit together and talk.
Try offering rewards to your toddler for not watching TV.
Distract your toddler with other things, like toys or puzzles. Don't leave TV running in background.
Go outside and let your child explore. Going for walks will introduce your toddler to new things, but letting them walk instead of staying in stroller will also help increase their physical activity.
Reading books is a very important part of your toddler's life. It encourages and enhances their imagination. It's also fundamental for their language development.
Make sure you discuss your "TV rules" with family members and any other caregivers.
Here's another reason to turn off TV. Not only will you have a more active toddler, you might improve your own relationship with your partner by interacting and communicating more. This is beneficial for both you and kids by showing a good example.
You don't have to take your kid back to stone ages, but keeping their day filled with a variety of activities is important for their growth and development. They will thank you when they're older.
Cassandra Germsheid is the owner of Baby Tips Online (http://www.babytipsonline.com). She is a stay at home mother but sometimes works part time for her local newspaper.