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With so many shows targeting very young children, it might not seem like a big deal to let your young one watch an episode or two of their favorite cartoon. Now is the time to start teaching her healthy habits for screen use.

Limit TV time

Most parents say their children watch two or more hours of TV a day, despite child experts recommending that young children should not be exposed to TV at all. Most importantly, Keep screens out of the bedroom and turned off while eating.

Make watching TV a privilege. Don’t let screen time become an expectation. This is counterintuitive, but it’s surprisingly effective.

Choose what your child watches

Choose straightforward, age-appropriate shows that emphasize interactivity. Rather than allowing your child to watch whatever happens to be on, carefully select shows.

Watch with your child

By joining your child during screen time, you can help her make connections between what she viewed and the real world around her. Discuss with your child what he/she has just watched and ask them if they have seen something like that in real life.

Be a role model

Children are most affected by the example parents set, so don’t channel surf or keep the TV on as background noise. If your child sees you eagerly sitting down every so often to watch a specific show and concentrate on what you’re seeing, they will do the same.

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