Jul 23, 2019
Restricting childrens’ sedentary screen time in favor of more physically active pursuits is the latest weapon in the war against childhood obesity. New Canadian research just published in the journal BMC Obesity reminds us that parenting practices are key factors in their offsprings’ screen time.
Nearly 40 families with at least one child 18 monthS to 5 years of age were studied. Parental device use and television viewing during meals as well as the offering of extra screen time as a reward resulted in excessive screen times for the children.
Kids are sponges, and they quickly see if you follow your own advice. Get your head out of your phone and offer a good example. To reward healthy behavior, offer physical activities such as the playground, sports play with you, and healthy treats rather than always suggesting extra screen time and sugary treats.
Lisa Tang, Gerarda Darlington, David W L Ma, Jess Haines. Mothers’ and fathers’ media parenting practices associated with young children’s screen-time: a cross-sectional study. BMC Obesity, 2018; 5 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s40608-018-0214-4
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