Kids learn everything through relationships.
Did you know relationships teach children the critical basics they need for creating successful lives? Through relationships kids learn problem solving, communicating, eye-contact, patience, social and emotional skills, language, self-control and more. Instead of keeping the peace with screens – take that valuable time and connect with your child.
Limit screen times.
The teachers at First United Church Nursery School offer these tips to help you raise your child in a screen machine world:
- Take time to talk with your child and listen.
- Make transitions going to and from school special. Greet your child with your full attention. Put your phones down and connect with your child.
- Build your child’s vocabulary and language with one-on-one time.
- Children learn eye contact through relationships so when you are conversing with your child, put your phone down and connect.
- Pay attention to your own screen usage – you are your child’s role model.
- Around town – turn off your car’s DVD and interact. For family trips, limit your DVD time. Make your trip special by creating a trip box filled with library books, games, crayons, coloring books.
- Turn off the TV before school and during meal time. Bring topics of conversation to the table and engage.
- TV and other screens can be enjoyed together. Know what internet sites your child is on. Watch TV together and discuss what you view.