The early years are prime time for modeling wise entertainment choices. So I created a plan to tame our TV habit:
Save TV time for when you need it. If you’re a morning person, leave the television off. If you’re tired in the afternoon, let your children watch for 30 minutes so you can recharge.
Avoid using television for either reward or punishment. Taking the emphasis off television downplays its importance, and computer time counts as TV time.
Avoid brainless shows
When you do allow TV viewing, choose shows that educate in a positive way.
Not all animation is for little ones. Some cartoons are full of adult content and vulgarities. Be careful of local news or other shows that are mild to you but too much for your children.
Have a plan
Don’t let the television buzz on and on all day long. Buy paint, Plasticine, and puzzles for your children to substitute for television.For more information about Focus on the Family Malaysia or these Family-Life Articles, please visit www.family.org.my or write to firstname.lastname@example.org