For many of us, our toddlers are already “addicted,” for lack of better term, to gadgets. The question is, how do we help them get off of it, majority of the time, at least?
I had a very interesting conversation the other day with one of my close friends. His eldest is around the age of my daughter. He shared that, his wife is a gadget “addict” and this sometimes (or always?) concerns him when it is her turn to watch their son.
Which a little bit complicates, things, right?
In smoking, or in a few other fields if medicine, there is what they call the “replacement therapy,” which aims to replace the substance which the body lacks.
In Psychology, we have the so called, Family Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This approach examines the interactional dynamics of family members and how they contribute to family functioning and/or dysfunction.
As I was thinking about how I could lessen my daughter’s gadget time, these two therapies came to mind, so I thought of putting them together and is thus far working so I am sharing it with you.
Gadget Replacement Activity Requirements:
- should be something enjoyed by your toddler
- should be something enjoyed by you, too, or whoever is keeping an eye on the toddler
- best if this activity is educational or develops motor skills coordination, etc.
Slime Making as a Gadget Replacement Activity
Just as an idea, slime making is very simple, enjoyable and with with simple ingredients, too! Something available in the school supplies store, grocery or drugstore – glue, baking soda and saline (contact lens solution with boric acid or derivatives among its ingredients).
Here are the instructions. I did not use the glitters as my daughter is only 3 years old, but you could add it for a bit older kids.
This is an activity that we enjoy doing together and perhaps you would, too. Give it a try!
More fun slime making ideas here.
Share with us how it goes or if you have other gadget replacement ideas, would be happy to hear, too!
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