How To Change Your Child’s Playtime

The best way to change your children’s childhood for the better is to remove the electronic distractions that exist. We live in world that is dominated by the internet and the role of the internet in our young children’s lives is becoming progressively important. It is gradually becoming more of a worry simply because of the sheer amount of man hours they spend on them.

Back in the day kids would finish school and then quickly get changed and go and “play out” nowadays kids come home and sit on their Xbox or Ipad for hours on end, quickly engulf their dinner and settle down for their twilight session before bed. It really is becoming a problem and it is down to the parents of these children to intervene before the problem escalates.

playtimeAll it takes is a little engagement, play football with your young lad or play doctors and nurses with your little girl; it really isn’t difficult is it? This article will highlight the best ways in which parents can reintegrate and re engage with their children before they grow up too quickly.

Engage

As parents you have got to engage with your children during playtime in order to make it memorable and beneficial for them. It really shouldn’t be a chore to help your children emerge and grow into well behaved and socially aware children. I truly fear that we are creating an Ipad generation of children who don’t really know what to do in social situations and are only truly comfortable when they are playing on their latest app.

There are many innovative companies out there that can offer your children a new dimension to their playtime. A Girl for All Time creates life like dolls that come with personalized keepsakes and a novel. These educational dolls have dual benefits, they teach loyalty as well as the enrichment of your young child’s mind.

Parents need to be aware of the fact that their children, if they aren’t careful, will become robotic on their personalities and struggle to interact with people their own age. Send them outside to play football and allow them to join different teams in order to increase social interaction. They will thank you in the long run, believe me.

Limit their time

I believe there are benefits of electronic devices and am certainly not saying there should be a ban placed upon their use by parents. However I do believe that time spent on them should be limited each night. This will make your child value the time on them more as well as look to other ways of having fun, the old fashioned way.

I am calling parents to think back to their childhoods, there were no electronic devices and you didn’t turn out so bad did you?

Encourage activeness

Get your children active; encourage them to join clubs and teams and to play sport. It is the best way to get them on the move and making friends.

It is what they need from a young age and enriching their minds and bodies can give them the perfect base they need to grow up and flourish through school.

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Andrew is an author who has over 10 years industry experience. He specialises in advisory pieces aimed at parents.

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6 Parenting Tips For First-Time Parents

Bringing your first baby into the world is one of the most wonderful and exciting experiences you will ever have. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most confusing and exhausting experiences. When you utilize the following six tips though, you should have no problems getting through this hectic time in your life.

Take Turns Sleeping

It may seem as if newborn babies rarely sleep; however, this is not the case. Newborns actually sleep quite a bit but the problem is that they only sleep for two or three hours at a time. It goes without saying that this can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and exhaustion among new parents.

The solution to this problem is really quite easy. If you are with your partner, take turns sleeping and caring for the baby. In this way, you will both get a chance to sleep. If this is not possible such as in the case of single parents, try to sleep whenever the baby sleeps.

Take Care of Your Health

All too often, new parents are so focused on taking care of their babies that they forget about their own health. Make sure you eat and exercise properly after you bring your baby home and do not forget to see your doctor regularly. If you are not healthy, you will have an even more difficult time caring for your baby.

Ask for Help

Secondly, do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Caring for your first baby can be an overwhelming task but there are people who can help. While you are still in the hospital, ask a nurse how to properly hold, feed and burp your baby. Additionally, you may wish to inquire about in-home baby nurses as well.

If you cannot afford an in-home nurse, consider recruiting the help of family members or friends. They most likely will be more than happy to help you and spend time with the new baby. You may wish to hire an occasional babysitter or housekeeper to help out as well.

Take Time for Yourself

While it is important to spend time with your new baby, it is also essential for you to take time out for yourself. Have someone watch the baby and go to a movie or go out to eat. If you cannot afford a movie or restaurant, go see a friend, take a walk or simply take a long, relaxing bubble bath.

Maintain a Social Life

In addition to finding time for yourself, you also need to find time to spend with others. If you are with your partner, try to make some time to spend with him or her, even if it means just hiring a sitter and having a candlelight dinner together. If you are a single parent, make a point to spend time with old friends or join a club to make new ones.

Bond with Your Baby!

Perhaps the most important tip of all is to bond with your baby and enjoy every new milestone to its fullest. Your new baby will only be small once and now is the time to take pictures, cuddle and hug that bundle of joy. Create memories with your new little one that you will look back on fondly.

These are the top six parenting tips for first-time parents. If you follow this useful advice, you are sure to be able to get through that first hectic year with your new charge. However, above all else, just remember that you will only go through this time once in your life. So, enjoy every minute you have!

Lindsay Rodgers loves writing about family, parenting, and the lessons raising her two daughters has taught her. For more parenting tips she recommends visiting RaisingMy5Sons.com.