Taming the Television Monster

Written by Maren Schmidt

"All my three- and four-year-old want to do is watch TV. They fuss about having to turn offrepparttar TV at dinner and bedtime. They wouldn't even play with their friends yesterday because their favorite shows were on. I think I've let it get out of hand," lamented Robin.

I was impressed to hear Robin take responsibility forrepparttar 149872 situation. Television is an easy thing to let take over, with big screens and DVD players, surround sound, 100 cable stations and children's stations. Children are usually quiet when they are watching TV, so it can ease into our lives with no awareness. Video and computer games could be included in this discussion.

Children underrepparttar 149873 age of six want to be near you allrepparttar 149874 time it seems. Why fight it? Use it to your advantage. How? By setting up an activity center in your home. In a short time,repparttar 149875 center will be more satisfying to your children than television.

I recommend that every home with small children have a child-sized table and chairs. Small shelves can be purchased inexpensively at an office supply or discount store. White melamine boards and glass blocks purchased from a building supply also make an attractive three-shelf unit for an activity center. The kitchen, dining room or family room are good areas to put your activity center.

After you have shelves, put six to ten activities onrepparttar 149876 shelves in baskets or trays. A crafty friend of mine used wallpaper to cover oatmeal and shoe boxes for their center. This is a sample of what might be onrepparttar 149877 shelves:

• A puzzle board • A basket of duplo blocks • A wooden bead stringing exercise • A shoe lacing activity • A basket of three or four books • A basket of wooden blocks • Button sorting in a muffin tin or egg carton

For four-year-olds and up, add art activities such as colored pencils and paper on a tray, homemade salt dough with a plastic place mat or a mosaic gluing activity with a glue stick and colored bits of paper.

Show your children how to use these things properly and how to return them to order onrepparttar 149878 shelves. You might want to change out items every week or two. Giverepparttar 149879 children about a week to get used to usingrepparttar 149880 activities.

Next comesrepparttar 149881 challenging part. One night afterrepparttar 149882 children are asleep, unplug all ofrepparttar 149883 television sets. If you have any budding electrical engineers, you might have to turnrepparttar 149884 electricity torepparttar 149885 television off atrepparttar 149886 breaker. Whenrepparttar 149887 children try to turn onrepparttar 149888 televisionrepparttar 149889 next day, they will "discover" that it doesn't work.

Taking A Stand Can Be Scary

Written by Lisa M. Hendey

Taking a Stand Can Be Scary Book Review –Lenny Loses His Lunch by Dan Taylor and Damon J. Taylor Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey

“If all of your friends were going to jump off a cliff (or insert your own preferred outrageously dangerous behavior here), would you follow them?”

What parent hasn’t used this line at least once, or had it used on them? We all know aboutrepparttar perils of peer pressure and want to guard our children against them. We also recognize that this can be one of parenting’s most difficult challenges.

In their new book, Lenny Loses His Lunch (Kregel Kidzone, May 2005, hardcover, 32 pages) authors Dan Taylor and Damon J. Taylor give parents of children ages five and up a fun way to discussrepparttar 149835 importance of taking a stand when faced with negative peer pressure. This newest tale inrepparttar 149836 “God Can Use Me” series is a fun retelling ofrepparttar 149837 biblical account of Daniel inrepparttar 149838 lion’s den.

Lenny is a lion, but not a very brave one. He tends to be a follower, choosing to participate inrepparttar 149839 activitiesrepparttar 149840 other lions pursue, even though they go against his own tastes and conscience. All too often, he crumbles underrepparttar 149841 peer pressure ofrepparttar 149842 other lions and makesrepparttar 149843 wrong choice.

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