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What are some alternatives to turning on the TV while you do chores/make a meal?

I am working on putting more limits on my young kids' TV viewing. I'm aiming for under 2 hrs a day. I've tried letting them help me cook, but they either eat the food raw before I can cook it or they beg for a snack. I've also tried putting up a dry-erase board for them to draw on but that only worked one day. Any other options? Good ideas, but more specifically - when I am in the kitchen cooking, they want to eat what I'm trying to cook. I need something besides TV to distract them in another room for a while.

Asked By: caffeinatedmom2 - 3/13/2007
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Cutting back on TV time is the best thing you can do for your family. Good Job... More
Answered By: SD - 3/13/2007
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I always have a radio on in the kitchen, instead of TV. My kids enjoy reading and puzzles. Playdoh is fun too. I do allow them time to play their handheld games and computer time, but that is all in moderation as well.
Answered By: yarmiah - 3/13/2007
 
what I do is put some music on and we dance. my 17 month old loves it plus its good exercise for her, my 3 month old thinks it is hilarious
Answered By: i_love_gaby - 3/13/2007
 
Get them one of those child-size kitchens and have them play like they're cooking dinner the same time you are. Are they old enough to set the table? Will they sit still long enough to color? Can you put on some music and have them dance and sing?
Answered By: Ginny - 3/13/2007
 
I gave my daughter crayons and a coloring book... More
Answered By: soccermom - 3/13/2007
 
i was having the same problem....with my husband! lol when our son was born I was determined to stop the cycle of TV abuse with my husband's generation!! We simply cancelled our cable service. We don't get a single tv channel now! We still watch movies together and the kids have a couple "wiggles" dvd that they are... More
Answered By: western b - 3/13/2007
 
Let them play! Kids are imaginative... they will come up with something. I like the playdoh idea tho... I loved that stuff when I was a kid... anything you can be messy at. And it helps if your kids are in the kitchen with you so they can feel like they're doing something to help.
Answered By: bianca_tru - 3/13/2007
 
My 3 year old daughter LOVES music. So I bought her a CD of children's songs. It's AWESOME! She loves it! Now she asks for the CD instead of TV. I even put the songs on my cell phone so she can listen while we're out... More
Answered By: tgfann - 3/13/2007
 
Find a home made play dough recipe and make it. add smell. It is so much softer and nicer than purchased play dough, more like pie crust. And almost any human including adults can hardly keep their hands off of it,it is therapeutic and they actually use it for therapy. have a special table or place where they can use... More
Answered By: wendy b - 3/13/2007
 
Put some toddler songs on the stereo, put the stereo in the room and have them try to clean their room before you get done with dinner. That way they are busy and you get a clean room. If you make it into a game and check on them a few times you can get some stuff done while they clean. It works with my 3 year old... More
Answered By: lilly j - 3/13/2007
 
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