But the same doesn’t hold true today, when kids as young as six months are being exposed to iPads and mobile phones for a myriad of reasons – education, engagement, entertainment, etc. Not judging anyone here because I too am a mom, who gives my mobile to my kid or simply puts on her favourite cartoon on TV to steal some quiet moments. Having said that, I totally swear by the importance of ‘outdoor play’ and make sure that my child gets enough of the same. We have set a limit to screen time and never let it come in the way of getting messy outdoors for the simple reason that no matter how much a kid learns on screen, it cannot outweigh the benefits of active outdoor play.
Here are a few ways in which outdoor play can help your child:
Mumma, can I have an ice cream today? No!
Mumma, I want to climb up on that swing. No, baby it’s too high.
Mumma, I will cut this paper on my own. No, Hiya… you won’t be able to!
Mumma, I want to… No!
Mumma…I. Hiya! No!
Is this a common scene in your home? You are not alone. This is a usual scene at my home too. In fact, as parents, I’m sure most of us use the word, ‘No’ more than any other in our vocabulary. But what else do we do to keep a tab on our little devils?! We say ‘No’ to protect them against so many dangers that they don’t even know about or in many cases willfully ignore!
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Ever since H has started learning alphabets, she has showed keen interest in spelling and writing her name. In fact, for her, H doesn’t stand for horse or house but for Hiyashaa. She was so excited to know that even her name has a place in alphabets. Every time she spotted H, she would shout “H for Hiyashaa!” with pride and happiness. Although I didn’t encourage her into writing alphabets so early considering the tender muscles of her hands, but definitely decided to teach her how to spell her name. Soon, I had a happy girl, who was thoroughly enjoying showing off her skills at spelling her name… H I Y A S H A A!
Screen time is not bad if it’s chosen wisely and planned thoughtfully!
Learning for kids start from the day they are born. Their tiny twinkling eyes watch everything they come across and little minds absorbs and observes information from everything around them including TV and web. While a mother cannot filter out the outdoor world, but can definitely choose what her little one watches on phone, TV and iPad. Yes, I do allow my daughter some screen time during the day. After all, this screen time allows me some ‘me-time’, ‘we-time’ or ‘just-anything time’! However, in moments like these, I make sure I provide good content to my child. I let her watch stuff that’s entertaining and educational at the same time. And with toddlers and pre-schoolers, there’s nothing better than interesting rhymes and songs to keep them busy and and teach almost anything! We keep making our own rhymes too!