Updated: Jul 3, 2019
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day with your family. Now that summer is fully upon us and kids are beginning to experience the freedom of summer, I feel compelled to share a podcast with you on a very important topic...
I realize this topic may feel exhausting and it’s quite possibly a big struggle in your family. Or, you’re just over hearing about.
However, as parents and/or adults working closely with children, I believe it’s our responsibility to educate ourselves as much as possible on the effects of screens during crucial brain development years.
I challenge you to carve some time out of your week to listen to this podcast and learn the science behind your child’s brain development and screens. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Michael Gurian, the co-host of this podcast. I saw him speak about a year ago and was hooked.
Podcast: Wonder of Parenting - A Brain-Science Approach to Parenting Your Child’s Brain and Screen Time
If you take away one thing, know that simply playing outside stimulates the brain in a way that a screen never will. Maybe you've heard this before or perhaps you're thinking...
"But what about the learning apps? Surely those are good."
You'll be surprised to learn, it doesn't really matter. As he states again and again, “it’s an unnatural modality in front of the brain, so natural brain development doesn’t occur because the screen is passive.”
More brain development happens sitting in a sandbox, eating sand.
10 - 20% brain development vs. 70 - 100%. Some startling percentages. This doesn't mean you have to beat yourself up over handing your child an iPad or phone. We live in a digital world which has connected us with loved ones and has numerous benefits too. I get to FaceTime my family who is across the country on the daily and it's the best!
Simply bring a bit more awareness to it and make small changes, if necessary.
Another great part...your playdate planning just got a lot easier. Send your kids and their friends off to the dirt or the sand, let them get messy and try to stay out of it;) Unstructured play is essential. Rest assured, they’re learning A LOT!
Joanie Plake Founder of B&L | M.A. Childhood & Special Education | E-RYT 200 www.breatheandlearn.com
p.s. B&L is playing all summer long in nature! Click here to learn more about the B&L Summer Camp - it’s not too late to sign up!
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”