TV, tablet, computer, phone, tv and computer games, are all regarded as screen time. No matter what important task you are busy with on any one of those devices, it all adds up. As a full time working mom, it is challenging to keep up with home demands and responsibilities and I often find myself turning to one of the screens as a means of keeping my kids entertained. However, this begs the question, are my household chores more important than my kids mental and physical well being? I have to constantly remind myself of this important rule: Ditch the screens and play!
But lets be honest, kids get bored quickly and often require your participation for most activities, accept the screens. And this is exactly why many parents turn to a one or another screen to keep the kids busy while they finish up on chores and responsibilities or even just unwind. So, lets look into why it is important to cut back on screen time. I’m not talking about cutting it out, rather, simply cutting back. As a parent, it is important to find balance, even if it means putting those chores on hold. In one of my earlier articles, Dear first-time mom – How to get through your first 6 weeks, I noted that it is OK to let the house stand on it’s head for a while. No house ever broke down because of it.
Ditch the screens and play because research shows..
It can cause anti-social behavior
Although research is unable to tell how much of screen time can lead to an anti-social type behaviour in your child at some point in their life, the fact that it can, is motivation enough to cut back.
It negatively impacts your brains thinking ability
Many a time, technology is made to think for you. As a child and even an adult, you can find it harder to remember and harder to problem solve. Considering these are two of the most common activities performed at school, it is imperative that there is plentiful time spent doing activities such as playing indoor and outdoor games, puzzles, sports etc.
It’s not good for your childs health
Because it takes away from the time your child could be doing physical activities, their fitness levels may suffer. Children not only learn through play, but their bodies require lots of exercise.
Your child will not get enough sleep
Every school going child needs a good (and enough) sleep every day. Too much screen time, especially before bedtime, causes your child to take longer to fall asleep. And when they do, the brain takes alot longer to shut down, which inevitably means they are not getting enough or a good enough sleep. And this will make the learning at school difficult.
We can safely conclude then, that limiting screen time is the smart and responsible choice you can make for your kids. There are many ways to do this and it does not always have to be the perfect most stimulating activity. Having them spend more time playing with their toys, puzzles, sports and simply allowing them to use their imagination to make up games, sure can do the trick. My son Liam recently tried out some of the toys from the Hot Wheels collection. Here’s how it went:
Hot Wheels Mutant Machines™
Firstly, this is perfect for ages 3+. This action toy wiggles in a pretty cool slithering action, back and fourth, by the touch of a soft button. Obviously Cole (19 months old) tried to get his hands on it several times, but I wasn’t too concerned because I can feel that it’s body is made to last.
Liam gasped with excitement each time it wiggled even though he knew exactly what to expect by the second time it wiggled. Watching it go is so much fun. It keeps him entertained for quite some time while his imagination runs wild with him.
The exciting sounds and music it plays during the slithering movement, makes it all the more fun. Liam paired it up with his Hot Wheels Turbo Expander for double the action and double the fun!
Hot Wheels Turbo Expander™
This one too, is perfect for ages 3+. It is pretty much every little boys dream car. Liam has never really been mad about cars to be honest, but since he’s been playing with his Turbo Expander, he’s developed a love for them, more specifically this one.
It’s futuristic with its premier body style and chrome rims. It’s battery operated and has a motorized drive. At the push of a soft button, the engine starts, the lights go on, and then BAM, you then see the hidden engine reveal! And then it speeds off. It plays a realistic driving sound, making it even more real and exciting for the kids. This Turbo Expander is built for speed!
Hot Wheels Floor Puzzle with Pull Back Car™
The Hot Wheels floor puzzle with pull back car had all of Liams thinking juices flowing. And, because it’s a floor puzzle, it required abit of body exercise during the process.
Obviously that is a bonus! He was motivated to finish up the 100 piece floor puzzle, because the reward was getting to play with the pull back car over it. It’s the perfect activity for in-between returning from school and doing homework as it keeps the mind stimulated in the correct way. It’s also the perfect thing to add to any Hot Wheels collection!
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