1. Do you/will you enforce a bedtime for your kids? Until what age?
2. Do you eat dinner as a family without tv or other distractions? How many times per week?
3. Do you have set rules about how much tv your kids can watch? How do you enforce them?
I ask because I read that the 3 most important things in fighting childhood obesity is having family dinners, limiting tv, and getting enough sleep. Exercise actually came after those things! This was pretty common parenting standards in the 70s but not so much now. I'm wondering who here still holds to "old-fashioned" parenting.
I just always did a routine since they were born. So they're used to it :)
2. Right now our little is still a little young for family dinner, but since she is almost one and almost completely to table food, yes we will be having family dinners at the dinner table as many times a week as possible.
3. Again we are too young still for serious TV watching, but I will be putting rules in place on how much TV is being watched.
1. I will definitely keep a bedtime for my kids until they are at least in high school. Then it will probably morph into a curfew, but I still won't let them stay up too late on school nights even if they're home. I feel like sleep makes a HUGE difference in a kids attitude and potential.
2. My baby sits with us every night at the dinner table even though she may or may not be eating. I do usually keep the TV on, but not every night. I'd like to break the habit but it's not top priority right now.
3. I'm terrible at monitoring TV. I like the noise when I'm home all day. When my daughter is awake I'll try to keep it off while I clean or work since I'm not really watching anyway. If I do have it on while she's playing I'll change it to Disney Junior. She only watches a little but I figure it's better background noise for her then some other TV shows.
2. 4 to 5 times at a table as a family... 2 -3 times we have it picnic style.. or they do actually... whether it's with tv on or we are all watching a movie.. If I'm not eating yet, or it's a weekend when we've been together non stop... I DO like school nights at the table.. but it's a lot of work..
3. They get tv in the morning for about half hour before we start to get ready for school. Weekends are different, I'm relaxed about it.. I'd say an hour.. but they usually get bored anyway... In the evenings on school nights its 30 minutes each.. So one chooses a show and then the other... if they don't want to watch the others show, they can play on the iPhone or computer... But we are all together..
I enforce it by making the rules.. I started these riles very young and they just know them now and abide by them..