Help your kids enjoy themselves without technology

Many times, without technology, our kids don’t know how to have fun or be entertained.

In an article published by the association A Favor de lo Mejor, it pointed out that minors are spending 76% more time on screens than before.

Lockdown has changed the way children learn, entertain themselves and bond with their friends. Cell phones, tablets, televisions, and video games now take up so much of their day that, as a result, they risk becoming so accustomed to digital stimuli that real, everyday life seems uninteresting.

How do you really get your passion back?

Catherine L’Ecuyer proposes five ways to achieve this through emotional education:

1. Do slow activities: activities that require patience and discipline: reading, talking, cooking or collecting figurines.

2. Provide material for discovery: simple toys that allow them to imagine, discover and create their own stories.

3. Lead by example: As parents, make comments that invite them to notice and show them that the surroundings are interesting: How beautiful the stars are tonight… Did you hear about this message… What do you say? Think about it?

4. Learn from them: Observe your children and realize the consequences after receiving digital stimuli: How do they react after a violent game? How long does it take for them to notice you after they’re on the phone? How does it react when you tell it to turn off the screen?

5. Create technology-free schedules: Define times and places where screens are not used: the dining room, the bedroom, or any time the family is together.

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Now more than ever, I strongly believe that technology is an essential part of everyday life and is very useful for communicating effectively with school, family and friends; In addition to providing an alternative to entertain yourself from home.

However, as parents we need to find a balance so that our children can enjoy and have fun in different ways. Technology should serve us in our lives, not make us and our children addicted to it.

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