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Is Your Toddler Active Enough?

Canada just put out new exercise guidelines for children between one and four-years-old.

I may be from New York but I still find it noteworthy that the Canadian government felt it necessary to educate parents on the importance of keeping their little ones active.

I think it has something to do with all that toddler-dedicated screen time.

Screen time is a real problem for two reasons. It has been found to create shorter attention spans and it keeps kids sedentary for longer periods of time.

The new guidelines recommend toddlers get at least 180 minutes of active play each day. Activities include climbing stairs, playing outside, walking, running or dancing.

They also recommend no more than one hour of screen time per day.

If I’m honest, my daughter probably gets more than an hour of screen time a day. We put the TV on in the morning when she wakes up at 6:30am and it’s on until 8am when we have breakfast. Then she usually gets at least 15 minutes of iPad time a day.

This doesn’t look good for us. BUT, my daughter does not sit still in front of the television. She watches standing up or while she is running around the room. If anything, I find her INABILITY to sit still mildly concerning.

Also on our side is the fact that we live in Manhattan. We walk everywhere which is one of the reasons obesity is much less of problem in NYC than it is in other parts of the country.

Plus, my daughter spends at least an hour at the playground each day.

And if that’s not enough, we dance up a storm each night.

So, according to Canada, I might have to cool it with the screen time but my daughter is plenty active.

How does your child fare under the guidelines?

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