Buying gifts and toys for children can be great fun. When buying gifts this year for either your own child or someone else's think about what is appropriate for them, and how you can encourage play and growth in their interests and general enjoyment.
It is easy to give into temptation and default to easy choices which won't offer the child a rewarding experience such as computer games, gaming systems or vouchers for digital downloads. Take some time before going shopping to get to know what interests the child has and what games, toys or tools are available to further that interest or to interact in a new way with that interest.
When buying toys there is a lot to think about don't stress about it, give yourself enough time and use it as an opportunity to get to know more about the child you are buying for. The act of giving is rewarding and seeing the happiness that receiving a new gift brings a child is exciting.
Screen based gifts are sure to happen and can't necessarily be avoided, people's generosity may be extended to your family in many ways and should be welcomed. With immediate relatives communicate that you would prefer that they don't give screen based gifts if you are trying to reduce screen time in your home. If your child does receive screen based gifts and you are worried about the amount of screen time that they are exposed to then refer to some of the other articles in our blog such as:
- Screen time rules in your house in 30 minutes no risk
- 5 steps to reduce screen time now
- 6 ways to reduce your screen time
- 12 non screen activities for your child
- 16 ways to have fun without a screen
- Essential rules for screen time
- How to end screen time arguments in a day at no cost
Lastly if you are needing to control screen time over the holidays set limits, communicate them and use Pixel Pounds to enforce and reward screen time limits.