Use TV Wisely

There’s a big difference between enjoying a good program and simply watching TV.

We all enjoy watching a good show on television, but that’s not the same as letting your kids plop down in front of the TV to watch whatever happens to be on. Teach your kids to be selective in their viewing habits, and to use their time wisely.

You might start by limiting the amount of time they’re allowed to watch, and then encouraging them to plan ahead. Help them choose which programs are worth spending their time on. The best shows are those that stimulate other interests, like singing, or animals, or outdoor activities. If your child likes to bake, introduce them to cooking programs, and then encourage them write down the recipes for later. If science is their thing, turn them on to documentaries.

Television can be a great teaching tool, but only if we use it wisely.

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