Your Clever Toddler in Week 65: Why TV Is a Bad Babysitter
What your child learns this week
Week 65 Brain Booster
So what’s a parent to do? You need to take a shower and you know your toddler will sit glued to the TV while you do so, what’s the harm? Then you need to make a phone call, answer email, make a cake for playgroup…
As tempting as it is to pop in a DVD before you turn on the water, instead set your child in his crib with a highly interesting toy available only for your times in the shower. Your child will be engaged as he eagerly explores it. You can use a similar tactic when you need to make a phone call or answer a couple of pressing email messages: Break out some blocks that only come out when you’re trying to work on your to-do list. (And forget the cake until your child naps.)
You’ll be less tempted to turn on the TV or the DVD player if you keep them in a designated room away from the main living spaces in your home. After all, these highly attractive viewing devices, if relied upon in excess, could harm your child’s developing brain.
Coming soon, look forward to: Week 66: The Difference between Pointing and Reaching
Review the most recent accomplishments: Week 64: Comprehending Words before Using Them
Curious about how else your toddler might be developing right now? Learn more about her clever brain and her growing body here:
- What’s happening in Months 15 and 16?
- Here’s what our pediatrician says you might be worried about around now.
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