How can I keep them from watching too much television?

Misbah - posted on 02/09/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have 30 month old twins, a boy and a girl. I want to know how can I keep them from watching too much television. They watch a minimum 2 hours. After that I strictly refuse to switch on the TV. It has become everyday routine that then they start throwing tantrums and they refuse to play with any of their toys. Are there any alternate activities they might get interested into?

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Tina - posted on 06/06/2012

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Is the tv time in the morning or the evening or afternoon? Try some child friendly videos that stimulate activity, i.e. child dancing, play time simple games that have physical movements to them. Can you meet with others and have them play with other children their age or close to their age ? Do they tire out at all, and need a nap ? Take them on a walk as has been suggested, can daddy help here ? As in playing with them or is he also tied to the tv ? The other suggestions sound great to me, But I haven't had to do that for many years, so I may be a bit on the 'rusty ' side activity wise. Find out what activities they like to do besides tv, and encourage them to play with that. Have you tried singing with them teaching them songs that they can sing on their own ? Can you sing, or find music that they would enjoy so they want to try to sing too ? Have you taken them to the library, or perhaps can you take them to a swimming pool if you swim and spend time there with them in getting to know how to swim ? Do you have any pets that they can be entertained by, i.e. cat, dog, etc.? Do you have any easy paper projects that they might be able to do, i.e. tear out of mag. that you don't want anyways, and put them together for a collage ? I don't know if these are 'age' appropriate but it 's at least an effort in that direction.

Gricell - posted on 06/05/2012

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Have them hold pencils even though they might not know what to do but you can hold their hand. Throw the ball around the house (soft one). Read to them or just have them point out certain things like a ball or a car. Go outside and play.

Sherri - posted on 02/09/2012

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Make homemade playdough, do crafts, take them outside, go for walks, bike rides, to the park, start doing school with them to teach letters, numbers, colors and how to write their names etc.

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2012

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Colouring, Playdough, bake with them (let them pour the ingredients in), hide and seek, clean up (get them to hold the dustpan, push the vacuum - kids this age love to help), go outside for a walk, songs and actions, etc.

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