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Painless Parenting for the Preschool Years
TV and Bedtime: Not a Good Combo for Little Kids
I have to imagine that, since the beginning of time, parents have found the toughest part of their childrearing day to be the very last bit of it. A big part of this has to do with what professor-types call an "inverse relationship" between parental eyelid sag and kid eyelid sag. In other words:
The more exhausted we become, the more energized our kids seem to get.
In my DVD, Painless Parenting for the Preschool Years, I discuss the importance of calming routines before bedtime. This means having a predictable sequence of activities that take place at more or less the same time each evening…and are always done in more or less the same way. For example, one family may have dinner at about the same time each evening, give the kids a bath, read books in the same chair, tell stories, play the same silly games, hug and kiss the kids, and say, "See ya in the morning."
A critical part of this routine involves the following:
Turn off the TV at least one hour before bedtime.
Keep the TV off…for good.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Charles Fay
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