Mental health in children is paramount. It is equally important as physical health–the two are intertwined with one another. For many parents–especially during the summer–the television can seem like the perfect babysitter. You can put them in front of the television while you go on a business call, do the dishes, or read a book–but how good is this for your child? While it’s nearly impossible to avoid all screen time in this day in age, a recent CNN article pointed out the benefits of sitting down and watching television with your daughter.
A missed opportunity to bond with your kid
Bonding is an important part of mental health in children and you can only do this if you spend time with them. These moments that we put our children in front of the television can be looked at as missed opportunities for bonding. You’re thinking, “Bonding while watching television? That’s ridiculous!” Maybe not as ridiculous as you’d think.
TV shows don’t have to be spent as mindless minutes you can never get back–you can encourage your child to think about what’s going on in the show! For example, let’s say you’re watching a common show for 10 to 14 year olds. If you actually watch it, you can pick out certain situations and morals to bring up afterwards. After watching a show, turn to your daughter and ask her what she thinks about how one of the characters acted. Was it smart? Could they have done it better? What does she think the consequences are going to be?
This is just another opportunity to not just bond by talking about a favorite show of hers, but to get her to actually think about what the characters are doing and if it’s realistic. There are lessons to be learned everywhere. Getting a child to be aware and stretch their mind to think more deeply into things like television shows can foster positive mental health in children.
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