Growing Toddler and television
This is quite a debatable topic! Most parents wonder when to introduce television and how much to introduce to a growing toddler. Technology has become an important part of our lives. If used properly, mobile phones and televisions are not only a mode of entertainment but are source of knowledge, especially for young impressionable minds.
The coming generation is quite lucky when it comes to technology. They have access to almost everything with a single click or touch. This obviously means they would soon know more than you at some point in time.
Parent have become more and more cautious and rightly try to impose restrictions on their kids when it comes to television or smartphone exposure. Obviously too much exposure to TV and phone is not good but, as mentioned earlier, controlled exposure can be hugely educational and beneficial. Also, let’s be honest, working parents will have to succumb to TV’s “toddler engaging” power at some point.
Television does add value to your kids’ growth depending on what are they exposed too. For a growing toddler, there are many channels and means of entertainment which could teach your toddler a lot.
Many researchers and organization do not approve of introducing TV before the age of 2 but it is still debatable. Jury is still out.
I would always recommend introducing television around 2 years and limit it to 60 minutes a day. An easy way to keep your child busy and allowing him to learn is playing something light instead of a cartoon channel that runs day and night.
I have seen my toddler learning a lot through animated movies and below are few recommendations. These are light movies with simple main characters my little one enjoys completely. We prefer skipping the few violent scenes in those as they tend to spook.
- Kung fu Panda 3
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- Wreck-It Ralph
- Snow white and the seven dwarfs
- ToyStory series
- Chicken Little
I would also recommend introducing reading habit like Snow White especially at night before sleeping. This allows them to develop a great reading habit and sets the tone for a great night’s sleep. First thing in the morning, they would love to discuss the story you read.
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