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Kids Want Mom or Dad, Not TV

Turns out, there’s no need for all that hand-wringing over how to get kids away from the TV and computers screens. There’s an antidote, but you might not like it.

You. You’re kid wants to play with … you.

Among the results in PlayReport, nicely summarized on TrueMomConfessions, kids would overwhelmingly and consistently chose playing with their parents (or friends … whew!) over watching TV or going online.

(I know!)

If you find hours and hours of playing with your kid kind of dreadful (good luck with summer and all that!), you’re not alone. But understand, too, that you might be over-thinking child’s play a little bit. The survey found that a near majority of parents think play has to be educational, which is probably what makes it a drag for you and winds up in tears for them.

Actually, kids just want to be creative and have fun. (Which, a huge number of parents say they don’t know how to be.)

Let’s hear it: do you steer your kid toward the TV so that you’re off the hook for fun time? Do you feel like you know how to be creative? I don’t, but I’m guilty of over-thinking the whole kid-interaction enterprise. My girls are just fascinated every time I sit down and draw or color with them (which isn’t often — there’s my confession!).

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