THINK OF IT AS A SMOOTHIE!
Since I first started in children’s programming, kids’ TV has grown into a billion-dollar business — and while much of it is excellent, we all know some is the media equivalent of junk food. With so many options, being careful consumers of media — just as with the food we give our kids — is crucial. To help parents navigate the space, I’ve written a book that will be released in April, Preschool Clues – Raising Smart, Inspired and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World.
The book is chock full of helpful resources, but to start, I encourage families to think of screen time in terms of a Healthy Media Diet. That helps us ensure we’re “feeding” our kids good-quality media that sparks them and enables them to learn, instead of consuming media that is nothing more than processed programming with empty promises.
Take a look at the infographic below, which shows my best Clues for how building your Healthy Media Diet is like creating the most delicious (and nutritious) smoothie! You load it up with all the good stuff, mix it all together, and make sure it all tastes great. Please let me know if you have any questions about the Clues, and be sure to share it with your family and friends! Once you try the Smoothie out, let me know how it goes!
Look for more tips and ideas from me as we prepare to launch Preschool Clues in early April (which you can preorder here!) Also, be sure to sign up for my newsletter (right over there in the sidebar) to get the latest from me on kids, screen time and how we can navigate it all as parents.