Today is World Read Aloud Day! Check out our facebook video with a mostly signed Animal Boogie (Miss K has two ear infections and is not feeling well). At the end of the video, I am inviting you all to join in a 5 Day No/Little Screen Time challenge!
Today, there are 2/3 of 2 years olds use a technology device such as a tablet and close to 50% interact with smart phones. Thank you to our friends at the Speech Language Network for these stats!
Now, giving these stats, YES my 1.5 year old DOES use both the tablet AND will reach for my smart phone. Hmm, what can I do differently? What can I do to help promote more parent interaction time? More creativity? More opportunities for play and exploration.
In Positive Discipline Parenting we encourage parents to be proactive with a young child’s screen time. I will be sharing ways that we can use Connection before Correction as we limit screen time in the next 5 days PLUS each day I will show you various activities we are doing together and separately.
Here are a few of our activities that we engaged with today instead of playtime. As I write this blog, Miss K is sleeping and Mr E is playing bounce the balloon!
Here is Mr E showing Miss K how to put in the fish for this game. This was all child-led play. Mr. E found the game and wanted to show Miss K how to play. I enjoyed watching this activity as I did not have to engage in play and the brain and physical development that was taking place. This is a great way to strengthen concepts such as in/out, how things fit, and categories such as colours and big/little.
We took time to look and smell roses! What a great time to connect and share a common experience.
Here Miss K is stacking containers. She loves to play with nesting toys.
What is Connection Before Correction?
Connection is the foundation for all Positive Discipline Tools! You, as the parent, you can moderate and even set limits around screen time. When children feel closely connected they are more likely to go along with limits what you set (Kind AND Firm).
Create a connection with your child by finding as many opportunities as you can to stay close – physically and emotionally.
AND we are off!
-Create Connection by Paying Attention
-Create Connection by Listening
-Create Connection with lots of Hugs
-Create Connection with Special Time
Tomorrow, I will be sharing brain development and the power of routines!
With you in Parenting,
Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Instructor & Positive Discipline Educator