Register | Login
Login
Sign in with:
---------- OR ----------
Create Account | Login
Create account
As a Member You Can:
  • Join clubs to discuss your interests
  • Connect with people like you
  • Share information, seek advice, get support

   
parenting
in Mumbai (change city)
Select City
  • All
  • Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Gurgaon
  • Noida
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Banglore
  • Hyderabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Jaipur
 
Working Mothers Topics..

 
You are here : home > Working Mothers > Balancing Work and Children > Breaking the Television Habit in Children

Breaking the Television Habit in Children

Watching too much TV interferes with the development of the child. It may lead to many health and behavioural problems such as obesity and aggressive behaviour. Setting a time limit for watching TV can help in fixing the problem. Read on to know more.


Is my child watching too much TV?  He wants to switch it on every time he is at a loose end and does not mind watching anything at all.  How can I get him to give up this habit?

In a typical case of shooting oneself in the foot, we are the first ones to introduce our kids to the television set as electronic nannies.  When they are little, we switch on the TV or pop in a movie, so that the little fellow will eat his food faster and without complaint.

Television, together with its cousins, computer and video game, is a wonderful invention.  These keep a child sufficiently occupied so as to be out of their parents’ hair.  Parents can finish that phone call, send that email, cook dinner and the child will barely notice, and never disturb.   In fact, the child will barely notice anything at all, such is his preoccupation with the screen.  His brain, if he is watching a cartoon or a soap, will have gone to heaven and attained nirvana.

If your child is watching TV everyday, and for more than half an hour, then he is doing so instead of something else, most likely playing or meeting his friends. It is no wonder that excessive TV watching does contribute to obesity.  It has also been found that too much TV interferes with the development of reading habits and may therefore result in your child struggling with his studies.  TV and video games may even result in more aggressive children, displaying more violent behaviour.


Tips for Breaking the Television Habit in Children
 

It is clear that children cannot regulate their own TV time.  It is therefore up to the parents to regulate their children’s TV habits.  The following are suggestions to help wean your child off the TV.

  • Find something better to do.  If not the television (or any of the electronic nannies) what else would your child most like to do?
     
  • Reward reading.  Reading is an enjoyable past time.  It’s just that your child does not know it…Yet!
  • Change yourself!  It is likely that you may have set an example by being very fond of the TV yourself.  Children tend to learn from us.
  • Get your child involved with other hobbies.
  • Avoid cosy corners for the placement of the TV set.  Place your TV in the living or dining room where everyone can partake of the programme that your child is watching.
  • Negotiate limits for TV viewing per day.  Also, make it a fair mix between the entertainment channels and the infotainment channels.

You have now to undo all that you have encouraged in the past.  With a little bit of patience and perseverance, you will be able to convince your child to look elsewhere when he needs to keep himself entertained.

You may also be interested in:

Poor Immunity in Kids
(32214 views)
Fussy Eating Habits
(21214 views)
Cancel
Save Edit
parenting
Notifications
4 Comments
Sort by Newest

.11 months ago
It is possible. Better to shift to a house at ground floor and outer safe road area to play.
 
 
 
.
Reply
Back to Previous Page   |   More on Working Mothers Index

 
 
Discussion Forum - Recent Posts
How do children get the habit of watching too much TV? How does watching too much TV affect the child? How to wean off the child from watching TV?
view more >>
DISCUSSION FORUMS ON
Working Mother
RE:yes i have a creche at my home
Hi Neetu where is your day care in noida
...
- Upasana    read >>

RE:
hello mother,
now a days every women try to independent, and live life o ...
- nisha    read >>

RE:creche
Hello madam according to me you should wait and start your career only if y ... - Rajesh    read >>

RE:creche
Hello dear according to me you are starting to early and should not start a ... - Anaida    read >>



All tips on Balancing Work And Children
You ever wanted in one place.
No need to go anywhere else. No spam.

*No spam only genuine emails
Follow us on:




Featured Articles - Infertility | Baby Development | Health and Fitness | How to Get Pregnant | Parenting Advice | Weight Loss | Pregnancy Advice | Name Numerology
Baby - Baby Photo Contest | Lucky Names | Lucky Birthdates | Horoscopes | Chinese Calendar | Compatibility Test | Fun Zone
Parenting - Message Boards | Planning a Baby | Pregnancy | Parents of Babies | Baby Names | Baby Name Poll | Birth Announcements | Parenting Quiz
Family - Cooking Club | Love & Relationships | Beauty Tips | Kids Weight Calculator | Recipe Maker
General - Calorie Counter | Personality Quiz | Love Signs | Compatibility Quiz
Home | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Comments or Suggestions | Indiaparenting News Articles | Contact Us | Advertise with Us | | RSS
Copyright (c) 1999 - 2017 India Parenting Pvt. Ltd.