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Alternatives to TV: what else can I do with my child?

These days, it’s almost unthinkable to spend time doing anything besides watching television after a long day. It’s even easier if you have children to treat the television as a baby sitter, that will occupy your child or children while you do other things. However, it’s been proven that television can stifle your child’s cognitive development and imagination, so it’s best to look for alternatives instead.

Allow your child to pretend. You could pretend that you’re having a tea party for all of your child’s stuffed animals, or that your child is having a picnic for them. Children who pretend are, on average, happier than their television watching counterparts, according to experts.

If your child wants to be with you in the kitchen while you’re cooking, then let him or her. Set up a table or a play kitchen in the room, and give your child a few utensils. A pot, bowl and butter knife are usually safe choices. Then add a few of the ingredients you’re using, and let your child start mimicking your cooking.

Even some home made play dough can be a great alternative to watching television, or you could let your child play with bubbles in the kitchen or living room while you’re in the kitchen.

There are plenty of alternatives to television for children, and if you’re a little bit creative, you’re sure to find some that your child loves.

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