Time to Set Rules For High-Tech Toys

Christmas time calls for festivities, fun, entertainment and of course gifts too. And when comes to gifting something special for kids then the first option that would come to anyone’s mind are the high tech electronic toys. Hence, it is obvious for many children to receive these amazing toys as their gift.  But, when you have these toys around then you should always ensure that the children are safe and sound while using them.

Challenges Faced by Parents

Studies have indicated that technology influences the life of a child in two ways, which are positive and negative. On the good side, the use of high tech toys tends to enhance the learning process of your child that further promotes in the development of integral abilities. However there are negative aspects too such as, when your child starts spending too much time on these toys then they lose their social skills and even interest in other creative activities, consequently the do not know how to start a conversation or maintain a real time relationship.

Parents should realize that it is essential to have a perfect balance while dealing with these toys. As too much or too less will never give you the benefits that you want to witness. Therefore, for achieving this balance the best method is to plan it out and implement this plan on your child in the form of rules.

When you are setting rules for your child, there are three factors that you need to make a note of

  • When you do want your child to have the toys?
  • The right type of toys that your child should use?
  • For how long should your child play with the toys?

Plan Wisely To Make High Tech Toys Rewarding

As mentioned before, there are two forms of effects that the high tech toys can have on your child and as parents your role is to ensure that these toys do not have any sort of negative impact on them. For that you need to start from the scratch by exploring the best type of toys. For example, learning apps, digital story based games and other games based on the concept of education can train the brain of your child and thus improve their general capabilities too. Do make sure that besides being a learning tool they are interesting and fun to play.

After having the right type of toy you have to determine the right amount of time that should be spent by them for playing it. Limit the use of these games, and turn them into a reward for your child. If your child completes his/her homework on time then let them have a fun time with these toys for an hour or so, similarly if they are performed well or have stood up to your expectations then give them a chance to have their share of fun with these toys.

Planning the use of these toys via rules is of utmost importance because this is something that can turn the usual high tech toys into a rewarding one.

5 Things To Take On A Family Vacation

My family and I were going on a vacation for a few days! The usual chaotic pre-vacation packing madness was upon me.   I packed all the clothes that we needed and a whole bunch more.  But when I got to the point of packing those essential accessories for the kids, it became tricky!  What was really essential?  

What things would you take with you on a family vacation?    Here are my top 5 items to pack for a family vacation with kids:

1. The Favorite Lovey – Traveling is fun but sometimes it’s a bit hard on my kids, so I always bring something that will remind them of home. In most cases, it’s their favorite lovey. Please be careful not to lose this lovey, since they are irreplaceable!

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2. A Bedtime story
– Every home has it’s own bedtime ritual, and each home is different from  the other, but all rituals change when you go on a trip.  I do my best to maintain some part of the ritual I have established, so I bring a bedtime story with us. I pick two or even three of their favorite stories to bring along. (My kids love these ones: Look Another Book, Pete the cat and the white shoes, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site)

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