Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tune Out, Turn Off and Play!

I'm climbing back up on my soapbox here Mamas, to tell you about this article in today's New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope. She examines a study in the current issue of Child Development. Researchers looked at the effect of television as background noise on children's play.

Think it doesn't make a difference?

It turns out that it makes a big difference. The television becomes an "ever-changing audiovisual distractor" making it very difficult for kids to sustain focused play. And play is crucial to a child's development. It is her work.

So, even if the kids aren't watching, they are affected every time the TV is turned on. Let's shut of the flat-screens Mamas, and let the kids get back to work!

For further advice and opinion on de-screening your life, check out this commentary by Bob Greene from last Labor Day.

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