‘break out’ …. during Spring Break!

spring break
Yes, it’s that time again. But it doesn’t have to be filled with stress. Take the wise approach parents — let technology help you keep the children entertained and inspired– but with limits.

Here are some tips on how to limit technology (thanks to Katherine Lee at About.com):

How to limit technology

•Do not put a TV in your child’s room. Having a TV in the bedroom has been linked to a number of problems including lower test scores, sleeping problems, and obesity.

•Turn it off. When the kids are not watching a specific program, turn off the television. Keep it off during mealtimes and especially when they are studying or doing homework.

•Help your child choose a videogame or a show. The best way to know what your child is watching or playing is by helping her pick out a show or a game. When picking out a new family movie or game, read the reviews or previews, ask other parents, and above all, know your child and trust your own instincts.

•Limit her screen time. Whether it’s one hour of TV and videogames a day or a couple of hours a week, limit the amount of time your child spends watching TV or playing videogames and stick to that number.

•Opt for alternatives to technology activities. Find great ways to spend family time together without tech devices, such as by playing board games or reading good books.

What do you think of these tips? Post me!

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