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07/10/2017
The relationship between children and TV can be a tricky one to manage. To learn how to instill healthy TV habits in your child, read this post The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI has prepared for you.

How to Create Healthy TV Habits

As a parent, you surely worry about the kind of content your child is exposed to through the television. Moreover, you may be concerned that they spend too much time in front of the television (which can be unfavorable for their mental and physical development). While a child's relationship with the TV can be a tricky one to manage, it is still important that you do (especially now that your student is on their summer break). For a few tips on how to navigate these complex waters, continue reading.

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Lead Your Child By Example

As you've probably noticed by now, how your child behaves is reminiscent of your own habits and preferences. What this means in terms of their relationship with the TV is that, if you'd like them to have healthy habits, you will need to have them, too. After all, your child probably won't listen to what you say if they see you don't follow your own advice. So, from now on, try to lead by example (for example, watch quality content and limit your time in front of the TV).

Set a Few Ground Rules

Rules regarding the TV are what will help you manage your child's watching habits. Furthermore, they are what will ensure your child won't spend all of their time off school being absorbed by whatever TV show is on at the time. A few examples of these rules would be:
  • Allow your child to watch TV for a finite number of hours each day (for instance, 2 or 3 hours a day).
  • Inform them that the TV is a reward and not a right. This means that they'll only be able to watch after they've completed their chores and duties.
  • Ensure your child doesn't watch TV whenever they're eating or doing something else, as this could distract them and cause a mishap.
  • Restrict when they can watch TV. For instance, it's commonly regarded that children shouldn't watch TV within an hour before their bedtime.

Watch Quality TV Shows

There's a wide range of options when it comes to TV shows; some of them are good, and others, not so much. At the positive end of the spectrum, however, you'll find high-quality content aimed at teaching children about art, math, animals, and more, in a fun way. If you'd like your child to learn while they watch TV, so their mind can stay active and developing during their summer vacation, encourage your child to watch productions that hold some level of educational value to them.

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Watch TV with Them

One of the most common pieces of advice regarding TV and children is that parents should watch with them. And it's true: doing so will help you monitor what they're watching, and will give you a chance to bond with your child. However, be careful of the content you watch and how you react to it. According to Psychology Today, children consider that watching TV with their parents means that they endorse the content. In other words, they may regard your presence as "permission" to act as they do on TV (e.g. in violent shows). To avoid that, be wary of what you watch with them. If something inappropriate does show up, address the situation and let them know it's not okay and why.

Teach Them to Be a Critical Consumer

Tied to the point above, you should teach your child to become an active TV consumer. This means they should learn to question what they watch and not just mindlessly absorb whatever is presented to them. Helping them develop critical thinking skills will allow them to discern between what's correct and incorrect in what they're watching. To help them in this respect, you should ask questions about the TV shows they watch, the characters, the situations, their decisions, and even the ads that run. Then, ask them what they think and feel about them. As mentioned above, you should also address inappropriate content and tell them why something is wrong or bad.

Engage in Other Activities

Finally, help your child engage in other activities. In some cases, children will develop unhealthy TV watching habits because they simply have nothing better to do. That's why you should try to keep your child busy during the summer break: enroll them in classes (dance, swim, paint, science, language, etc.), take them to the park, give them books to read, and more, so they always have something more advantageous to do instead of watching TV.

The Tutoring Center, Southgate MI can help your child prepare for the challenges of the next school year. Call (734) 785-8430 to ask about summer tutoring in Southgate MI.

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