Your Baby & Toddler - - Features -

You are do­ing your child a huge favour if you en­cour­age more play time and less time in front of the tele­vi­sion.

Watch­ing too much tele­vi­sion can lead to at­ten­tion deficit, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, low mus­cle tone, be­ing over­weight and aca­demic un­der­per­for­mance later on in life. Play, on the other hand, in­creases mus­cle tone and co­or­di­na­tion and leads to bet­ter mo­tor skills and over­all phys­i­cal health.

The ex­perts say that chil­dren should play phys­i­cally for 60 min­utes ev­ery day.

Re­mem­ber, it is a child’s job to play. Play im­proves their psy­chic health, it im­proves cre­ativ­ity, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and so­cial skills (by fig­ur­ing out a so­lu­tion to a prob­lem) and it builds bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with friends, par­ents and sib­lings.

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