We want to start out by saying that we don’t think TV or video games are evil. On the contrary, we believe they’re great activities for kids. They’re especially helpful for single moms who need to entertain the kids for an hour or two while she gets things around the house. However, there’s a point where too much TV can become a bad thing.
Children are super impressionable, so having them rely on the TV as entertainment might become a crutch for them later in life. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some activities that kids can do instead of watching TV or playing video games.
This option is by far the one that kids hear the most when parents think they’re spending too much time on the TV—but that’s because it’s so vital. There are so many benefits to spending time outside. Even if they only spend 30 minutes outside a day, your kids will see noticeable differences in their behavior and physical health.
It seems like we see fewer kids outside than we used to even five years ago. Granted, the beginning of the pandemic made spending time outside harder. Plus, that Texas heat can be a killer. Still, everybody needs to find the time to spend outdoors more than they currently do.
Help Out Around the House
No kid in their right mind would rather do chores than watch TV, but it’s something that you need to instill in your children. If they don’t grow up doing chores, it’ll be challenging to get them to do anything that they don’t consider fun once they get older.
One thing you can do is try to make the chores themselves fun. If there’s no great way to do that, entice them with a fun reward that they can receive for completing them. Your kids will be much more likely to help out if there’s something in it for them.
Pick Up a New Hobby
This one is easy. The chances are good that your kids already enjoy doing something other than sitting in front of the television. Try to encourage them to do that instead. If they don’t have a long list of other hobbies, try introducing them to some. Reading, painting, dancing, and building are just a few good examples that keep either their mind or bodies active. Don’t be afraid to join your child in this activity, either. They will be much more likely to try it out if Mommy is doing it too.
Participate in a Family Activity
Our final tip for our list of activities that kids can do instead of watching TV is to plan a family night. Nothing brings the whole family together like shared activities. You could spend the night playing board games or go on a family bike ride. It might contradict what we’ve been saying, but you could even watch a movie together. In this case, you’ll be bonding over new or favorite movies or TV shows, bringing the family together instead of using it as a distraction. Spending time in front of the TV together will help them develop a closer relationship with you over time.