Watch Me Grow – a free class open to the public at Keystone Montessori for Mom/Dad and their child, ages 15 mo. – 24 mo. Four Tuesdays from 9 – 10 am. Please email Ms. Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the wait list for our Fall 2017 session.
Dis-Connected – Impact of Excessive Screen Time on Kids:
Dr. S Sudhakar, Founder of SchoolCues and GLTYR, spoke on this subject at our Community Meeting, January 12, 2016. Scientists are just now beginning to flush out the effects of excessive electronic engagement on kids. Too much screen time may be linked to an increased incidence of risky behaviors. More social network activity also appears to correspond to mood problems among teens. But there’s good news, too. Moderate use of technology may be associated with the development of some cognitive, motor and social skills.
Dr. Sudhakar’s “Call to Action – Reconnecting” for all parents and staff is to identify one small change you would like to make in your daily life which would empower kids to be more active and to have more quality interaction and engagement with parents, friends and family. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please send your recommendations to Ms. Laura at email@example.com.
We will sometimes go for family walks after dinner (when it doesn’t get dark so early).
We do family game nights.
One of us will lay with our eldest for 10 minutes at bedtime, in the dark, so she can talk to us…she seems to open up the most during this time.
We have a rule that the kids must get a least 1 hour of exercise a day…we usually go to the park, play outside, etc.
We stopped watching any TV during the week. Makes it harder some days, but ultimately makes for a happier house. And TV is a special treat, not the expectation.
– Alexander Family
We plan to incorporate this (above idea) when our kids are a bit older.
We have a “no technology” rule at the kitchen table, for all meals.
We have a “no technology” rule whenever we have visitors. The only exception is if sharing pictures or videos of a recent event/activity. We need to be socializing/interacting with company.
Just as another parent shared, at bed time after reading to each other, we turn out the lights, snuggle down, and talk about our day and what the plans are for the next day. So much more gets shared at that time than the typical “how was your day” after picking her up.