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From Staring to Caring, 7 Ways to Encourage Screen-Free Play 

Children today are spending an average of over 18 hours per week playing on screens. The problem is, in our digital world, figuring out how to reduce screen-time can be one of the most challenging parts of being a parent today. But that's why we're here to help! From Caring to Staring, Check out Adora's 7  Ways to Encourage Screen-Free Play!

Jan 5, 2023 

Why Is Play Time So Important for Child Development?

Sometimes screen-time may feel like the easier avenue, but too much can be detrimental to the development of our little ones. Excessive screen-time can result in sleep deprivation, loss of cognitive ability, impaired social skills, lower self-esteem and more. Parents are recommended to limit screen-time and instead encourage hands-on learning experiences. Imaginative pretend play is a wonderful way for children to make sense of the world around them all while having fun and making memories. 

10 Ways to Encourage Screen-Free Play 

1. Be a good example 

Our little one's behavior is a reflection of our own. If we want our children to practice less screen-time, it's important we set the example for them. Start by exchanging your own screen-time for more time spent together! 

2. Set rules & a schedule

We know that eliminating screen-time all together is challenging in our current digital world. Try setting a schedule, allowing screen-time only during certain times or only after certain chores or tasks are completed. 

3. Create a safe & engaging environment

Parents oftentimes choose screen-time for our children because it allows us a chance to take a break ourselves, knowing our children are playing safely. Creating an area for your little one that is 100% safe, organized and engaging can provide parents the confidence that your little one is thriving. 

4. Choose toys wisely

When choosing your little one's next toy, opt for the toys that are engaging and inspire the imagination. Check out sensory plushies, dolls, accessories and more from Adora! Designed to inspire hours of imaginative pretend play.  

5. Arrange playdates 

Playdates are the perfect opportunity to  leave the screens behind and enjoy time with friends. Playdates can be highly beneficial to children's development socially, emotionally and cognitively so call up a friend and have some fun!

6. Plan outdoor family activities

Whether your  family enjoys going on hikes together, family bike rides or camping trips, nothing takes your mind off of technology like the outdoors! Outdoor play allows us to use our 5 senses, develop an appreciation for the environment and good for the whole family's physical health. 

7. Be consistent 

While a transition to less screen-time may be difficult for you and your little one, remember that you are the parent and your rules have been created with love in mind. Your child will adapt to a new routine with time and consistency. 

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