You’ve heard it all before…studies show that watching excessive television and use of video games can limit a child’s imagination and suppress his cognitive development. It may be tempting to leave your child in front of the television while you complete household chores or make dinner, but researchers warn against it.
Instead, try to find simple activities that will keep your baby entertained while you tend to household matters. Even better, find a way to involve your child with the task at hand.
When making dinner, assign simple cooking and preparation tasks to your child. Have him wash his hands and roll up his sleeves and get ready to help with dinner.
Even young children can help pour measured ingredients into a bowl or pan, retrieve necessary ingredients from the refrigerator or cupboard and help discard used items such as egg shells and peeled potato skins. Older kids can learn to measure ingredients, read cookbook instructions out loud and stir pots of food on the stove.
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