We recently discovered a fellow blogger, Benjamin Theisen. He is a BCBA and he writes often about how ABA may be applied to every day life. We are sharing this post because of its relation to TV watching which we wrote about recently as well. We hope that you will enjoy reading Benjamin’s blog as much as we do. You will find it here if you want to read more. You may also follow him on twitter @BYOCmagazine
From USA Today: Experts tell parents secondhand TV harms child development
It’s in your living room.
It undermines parent-child interactions.
It hinders language development.
It reduces your child’s ability to play and learn.
It reduces time your child will spend TRYING to play and learn.
At least 33% of families do it everyday…
You are the parent. You are in charge.
Take a stand! Turn OFF the TV!
This advice comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics, who recently published their first warning ever about the dangers of secondhand TV.
“Parents are distracted by TV the same way preschoolers are,” says author Lisa Guernsey.
Look at your living room. Watch for the warning behaviors:
Do you leave the TV running while interacting with your child?
If your child is playing with a toy nearby, are you checking the TV while cooking?
Are you watching him play with an interactive book while your TV plays on low-volume or mute?
Is your child coloring while you rewind the DVR and read parenting blogs online?
Turn off the TV! Parenting means you multi-task enough already.
Turn OFF the TV when you interact with your developing child. Read the USA Today article to know why.
External Link — USA Today: Experts warn of harm to kids from secondhand TV viewing
What is your opinion on TV and parenting? Does it affect your children?
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