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#COLLAB: Practical Ways to Limit Screen Time for Young Children

Many of us can't imagine a life involving limiting screen time for our kids. However, there are certain benefits in limiting screen time for the development of the child for their emotional and physical well-being. These are a few things that can motivate and guide you to limit screen time for your child.
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Written by Fatima Siddiqa Mohamedali

Many of us can’t imagine a life involving limiting screen time for our kids. However, there are certain benefits in limiting screen time for the development of the child for their emotional and physical well-being.

Below are a few things that can motivate and guide you to limit screen time for your child.

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Having the correct mindset is key.

Just like the passing of clouds in the sky, the length of time your kids are young is limited and will pass by fast. As a result, you want to think about ways to create fond bonding memories for your child that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Think about your most cherished memories from your childhood and whether they all involved staring at a screen.

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Imagine the concept of creating your own television show for your child.

While cooking, let them watch you (as it’s much better and more relevant than having them watch a television show) plus there are ways for making it interactive and having them help you as well.

Another idea is creating a cleaning and home organizing show for your child (with the option of making it interactive for your child as well). There is so much learning that can take place in engaging your child in your day-to-day tasks.

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Planning is sometimes helpful when wanting to limit screen time for your child.

If there is a workshop/online program catered to your child, see if there is a way you can watch a recording of it on your own. As well, try to extract the core messages in it and adopt a similar learning experience for your child without having your child look at a screen.

Or watch the actual program that you extracted the information from. For example, you can use puppets to illustrate key concepts to a child in a fun way or use a storyboard as well.

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Hopefully by the end of this article you have found some inspiration to come up with at least one way to limit screen time for your child…

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