Most children today are spending too much time in front of the screen. This can lead to many problems. Studies have shown that excessive screen time can increase the risk of sleeping problems, behavioral problems, obesity, and it can also impair performance in the classroom. Furthermore, children who watch a lot of television are often sedentary.
There are many things that parents can do in order to limit screen time. Below is a list of tips that will help:
No Television In The Bedroom
It is estimated that 70 percent of children who are between the ages of 8 and 18 have a television in their bedroom. It will be easier for you to limit the amount of time your children spend watching television if they do not have one in their room. Additionally children should not have a computer or tablet in their room.
Set A Good Example
Children naturally want to mimic the behaviors of their parents. That is why it is important to set a good example. If your children see you reading books and doing other activities instead of watching television, then they will want to do other things instead of watch television.
The books a person reads as a child can have a huge influence and stay in their memory for years. Some of the best children’s books are timeless classics, while others are new favorites which are here to stay. Ranging from picture books to short chapter books, here are some of the best books in children’s literature:
- Where the Sidewalk Ends — This collection of children’s poems is goofy and lighthearted, but it also addresses the serious events of growing up.
- Harold and the Purple Crayon — The power of creativity is celebrated in this book about a little boy’s adventures
- The Story of Ferdinand — This classic picture book features charming illustrations and tells the tale of a bull who dislikes fighting and would rather sit and smell the flowers.
- Charlotte’s Web — This chapter book discusses serious topics, such as life, growing up, and making friends, while maintaining a sense of humor and fun
- Where the Wild Things Are — Fanciful illustrations tell the tale of a little boy who lets his inner wildness have free reign.
- Corduroy — This tale of a little bear searching for his missing button and someone to love him is truly heartwarming
- Green Eggs and Ham — Simple vocabulary makes this Dr. Seuss favorite a great choice for beginning readers
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone— This book tells the tale of an orphan boy who goes to a magical school and discovers the importance of bravery and friendship.
- The Wind in the Willows — This fun chapter book tells the story of four animal’s adventures in the English countryside.
- The Giving Tree — Themes of friendship and generosity are discussed through the story of a boy’s friendship with a tree.
- Matilda — This goofy novel describes the adventures of precocious and intelligent Matilda, a girl who loves to read.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — This picture book is a humorous look at what happens when one little boy has an unpleasant day.