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In our current technologically driven world, it can be difficult to encourage kids to stop playing electronic and to participate in activities beyond screen time. Even if you have a solid foundation of boundaries set for electronic time and time to do other things, some kids simply have no motivation to get out there and partake in new activities. When kids are still young, they can alternate the electronic or screen time with the playing activity. However, you can get children to do more productive activities, instead of just playing. If you’re a parent struggling with finding ways to encourage your kids to participate in activities, then these tips will help you through this challenging time.
Tips to Encourage Kids to Stop Playing Electronic and to Join Activities
Know your Kid’s Likes
It’s best to know what interests your kid most. This will help in determining what activities to even start encouraging your kid to participate in. Have a discussion with your kid, ask them some questions about what they enjoy doing. Watch your kid as they engage with others and find what activities may suit your kid’s interest best.
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Allow your Kid to Watch
Once you’ve established a list of ideas for activities that may interest your kid, it’s time to sign up for an activity. During your kid’s initial time at this activity, you may want to let them watch from the sidelines. This will help encourage your kid to feel confident in participating at a time and level that feels comfortable for them.
Introduce To Leader
Often times the instructor of an activity will know which kids have excellent leadership skills. Consider introducing your kid to that kid so that they’ll take your reluctant kid under their wing. This will help minimize anxious feelings and worry that they won’t know what to do. Kids tend to listen to their peers over a parent, so hook them up with the leader of the pack so to speak.
Accommodate Your Kids Needs
Some kids may not be as great with fine motor skills, so you won’t want to encourage your kid to participate in something that will require them to use fine motor skills. It’s important when selecting activities for your kid to try that they’re taking into consideration their mental and physical capabilities. This will help encourage them to have a desire to participate.
Don’t be Overly Involved
While it’s great to encourage your kids to participate in activities, it’s worse if you hover over them and get too involved. The importance of your kid participating in this activity with their peers is not only to get them to like new activities but to gain some level of independence. Watch from the sidelines, and hold yourself back from trying to be overly involved during your kid’s activity time.
Make Sure they Try
At the end of the day, it’s just as important to have your kid participate in activities as it is to have them show some effort of trying. While your kids may not jump right in and do the activity right away if you can set a ground rule that they’re required to try to participate then that will help encourage them to partake in future activities.
There you have it, a handful of tips to encourage kids to participate in activities. It’s going to take some time for your effort to pay off, but I promise you that if you keep trying to encourage your kids to partake in new activities that eventually they will naturally enjoy some new fun beyond their screen time activities.
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