Ways to Prevent Distraction

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents prioritize creative, unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers.
     

  • Reduce of use of devices during play and meal times.    
     

  • Never use devices when your child is around water.
     

  • Reading with your child builds language development and introduces numbers, colors, shapes and letters in a fun way.

 

Most people in the United States spend up to 3-4 hours a day on their smartphones.  A majority of that time is spent on Apps and social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. How many bonding moments are missed when parents are absorbed with their phones instead of paying attention to their child’s cues?

 

Early childhood research has proven that parent interaction can critically shape children’s overall development. Their brains are quickly growing and making connections, especially in the first three years of life. A child’s experiences, relationships and environment can all impact their brain’s development and determine their future ability to problem-solve, communicate and practice self-control. Research shows that when parents talk, read and sing with their child, even in pregnancy and infancy, they are helping build important brain connections.

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