It’s no doubt that most children love to watch cartoons. After all they are their super heroes, right? But, are you concerned that your child is spending lots of time on cartoons? You are not alone, most parents are grappling with the same problem world over and it has become an uphill task to limit the time their little ones are using watching cartoons. It’s a hard thing for any parent to stop their kid from doing what they love most, watching cartoon.
However, there are lots of dangers in watching cartoon so much and you have to do something to stop the habit but you don’t know where to start. Well, I am here to show you the tactics and strategies you can use to keep your toddler away from cartoons. So read along to the end to ensure your kiddo is on the right track.
Explain why more cartoon time is dangerous
The first step in ensuring that your kid reduces the time spent on cartoons is to explain why the habit might be harmful to him or her. Your kiddo is less likely to defy your directives if you thoroughly outline the reasons why they should reduce screen time. Explain to him or her the family values that you hold high such as family bonding, physical exercises and other positive forms of entertaining. Here, ensure you emphasize on the positives of less cartoon time rather than the negatives.
Keep the screens away from your toddler
It may sound unpopular but just as the old saying…… ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ If your young angel cannot see the TV all the times, the temptation to watch it will fade away after a while. You can place the TV only in common rooms where your kiddo will have no control of the TV. Additionally, you can tuck the TV in a cabinet until the need to use it arises.
There are also some clever ways of ‘hiding’ the TV like finding a system that can slide behind your artwork or systems that can be pulled from slots in bookshelves or entertainment centers. Hiding the screen will help your child understand that it’s not must they can watch their favorite cartoon at all times.
Set clear cartoon watching schedules
Come up with a strict guideline when your kid can watch cartoons. Follow the schedule to the latter and your kiddo will get used to it after a while. To do this, you should explain to your little munchkin that other people in your household also need to watch the TV and stick to the set timelines. You can as well insist on regular family watching schedules. This means that your kiddo must join other family members in watching family programs and with time it becomes a habit.
Provide other alternatives
Other than allowing your kiddo to sit idle in the house just watching cartoons, you can take him or her out for fun. Go on family fun outings as this will help your little angel stop missing to watch cartoons. Come up with exciting outdoor adventures in your locality like treasure hunting in the park, festival, tour or a visit to the entertainment joints in the area.
You can also use fun outings to your advantage like promising to take your toddler to a certain entrainment spot if they reduced the time spent on cartoons. This will ensure that you’re your kiddo reduces his or her time on cartoons since he or she does not want to lose the outing fun.
Carry your kid’s toys like wagons while going out and have fun out there. Make sure you make it a family affair so that your kiddo does not feel isolated while out there. You can also tug along your kid’s bike with and go for bike riding in your local park.
When your kid is creative, they always want to spend most of their time doing creative stuff rather than staying on the couch watching cartoons. All you need to do is to buy the right materials that will facilitate your kid’s creativity. For instance, you can buy them drawing materials and assist them to make crafts, paint color or even write imaginative stories. It’s good for you to occasionally join your kid in the creative activities which can involve the entire family. This will lead to your kid seeing that these activities are fun and good replacement for cartoons.
Encourage exercises and other physical activities
I am sure you know the importance of regular exercises for your little one, right? Now, if your kiddo is always on cartoons, this means that he or she has little or no exercises which is not good for his or her health or wellbeing. You should encourage your kiddo to exercise regularly rather than watching cartoons. Encourage your kiddo to join you during your gym time and buy kid’s gym equipment for him or her. This is important not only for helping your kid get away from cartoons but also instilling a positive attitude towards exercising even in future.
You should lead when it comes to exercising. For instance, take a Frisbee at your yard together with your little munchkin. You can also take your little one for a walk in your neighborhood park. What about teaching your kid how to swim? Trust me you will not only help him or her get over the cartoons but also have a perfect bonding moment.
If your toddler is school going, encourage him or her to get involved in school sports or take part in community activities. This will help to keep him or her to remain active and lessen the amount of time spent watching cartoons. During those cold winter days, don’t let your child idle out on the couch doing nothing but watching cartons. Psyche him or her up to get out there and sled, ice skate or join them in a friendly snowball fight. It is fun and it will help reduce cartoon time.
Join your kid for board games
Time spent with your child is always precious and enjoyable. Start by purchasing a play board for your toddler and join him or her when you are free. With time, your kiddo will come to learn that spending time with family is more precious than always watching cartoons. You can also plan for a family game night where every member of the family gets involved.
Be a good example
Finally, you don’t expect your young one to lessen the amount of time spent on watching cartoons if you are always on TV watching your favorite programs or channels. Children copy from the adults around them and it will be an uphill task convincing your kid to stay away from cartoons if you are always watching TV. Reduce your own screen time and your kiddo is likely to follow suit.
Watching cartoons can be beneficial to your child but overdoing it can lead to various ramifications now and in the future. You need to take control of how much time your kid spends on cartoons. I understand that you don’t want to be a dictator in getting your little angel away from cartoons. Following the strategies and steps given above will ensure that you finally get your kiddo away from cartoons. Choose the right strategies for you and your kiddo and you will be amazed at how much disinterested your kid will be when it comes to watching cartoons.