Duracell encourages families with children to turn off monitors and turn on their imagination!
Nowadays, there is such a trend that children spend more time in front of screens (TV, tablet, computer, phone), and not for outdoor games with parents. How do you think this trend affects the psychological health of the child? What would you recommend to your parents?
TV has become the world's most popular and most constant nanny. Like any passive activity, it turns people into lazy, overweight, consumers of information or pleasure, which does not require physical and intellectual costs, and in children it creates a problem of concentration and even negatively affects the mastery of reading and writing. Teachers and psychologists meet with problem children who cannot take part in the conversation, because they are immersed headlong into the virtual world of the game. Modern gadgets cannot be completely removed from the life of a child, but parents are simply obliged to limit their use by time and content.
Larisa Viktorovna, how important is the joint leisure of parents with a child for his development and education
Organization of a child’s life - the daily routine, visiting circles, joint walks and games - this is a reasonable approach that requires control and reflection. Parenting also requires the work of the soul, therefore, adherence to the daily routine is necessarily accompanied by hugs, praise, warmth and warmth. The long-term goal of education is to create family ties that will only become stronger over time. Positive communication in the family, including through the game, allows you to instill in children values, share joys and solve problems.
What kind of entertainment do you think is most useful for children? What joint pastime do you recommend for the most harmonious and proper development of the child?
Active outdoor play of parents with children is a very effective way to develop a child’s competence, independence and self-confidence, forms the skills to manage and control their social interactions. If parents participate in a good play of the child, they thereby reinforce positive social interaction. Active outdoor games are very useful. Turn on your imagination and choose any mobile game or toy: a radio-controlled car, a boat or a helicopter, Duracell batteries will ensure long-term operation of the device. And for the child, the main thing is that you are near.
How can you comment on the fact that the Duracell brand raised such a serious topic?
It is indisputable, timely and important to say and do humane and practicable things in order to popularize and educate a modern person, potential parent or couple. Therefore, the Duracell “Charge an Active Game” campaign is socially significant and simply useful for all family members.
How important is physical contact with a parent during a game for a small child? Why?
Physical contact is important for a child from birth, already because he lays down the mechanism of personal security and unconditional acceptance. The stronger the connection between parents and the child, the easier it is to raise a child. What we become is formed by a parent-child relationship, and healthy attachment allows us to grow a healthy personality.
How much time per day should be spent with a child to satisfy his need for communication with his parents?
If parents allot time for joint games every day, children will have no reason to protest, and predictability will create a sense of security and confidence in the future. For very busy parents, I recommend paying more attention not to quantity, but to the quality and mutual value of the time spent, including in the game.
Do you think that parents can help their child go through the stages of development and maturation more favorably? What needs to be done for this?
So that parents can help their children go through the developmental stages as favorably as possible, especially adolescence, it is necessary to build the right relationship with the child through early attachment, understanding what behavior is appropriate for the child’s age, respect for power based on trust, ability to control the situation. To teach self-control, to teach wise choice, respect and the gradual transfer of responsibility for one’s life and the right to make mistakes, including this is a lifelong road.
Tell, what principles do you adhere to in therapy? Are there any features in working with children for a psychologist?
In counseling and therapy, I use a cognitive-behavioral approach, changing behavior through awareness and emotional living. In this context, basic concepts apply and work well - the rules, boundaries, hierarchy, described in detail in my book for parents.
What needs to be done so that during the game parents are as interested as children?
For parents to be as interested as children, it is necessary to allow themselves the childish, spontaneous, creative state that every adult has, if you allow yourself to play your game, including thanks to new opportunities, interesting and challenging toys that were not in their childhood , then the result will exceed all expectations. And gratitude and happiness in the eyes of the child is the main reward for working on yourself.
Why do you think parents often feel guilty when they play with a child near the screens?
I think that people who feel guilty while sitting in front of TV and computer screens know that this is dangerous and irresponsible, so they quickly find an alternative to such an activity in other activities.
How close is the child’s relationship with his favorite toy?
The child’s attitude to the toy, or several of his favorite things, for development and play, makes him the master of his small world in which he is strong and competent, which means he is confident in himself and his borders. Therefore, adults should treat this space with respect and security guarantees.
How important is it for the child that the toy has interactive qualities (talking, walking) and that he can interact with her. Does this contribute to the development of the child?
Interactive games for the smallest ones allow you to master the symbolic meaning of the word, which means they help to develop speech, subject to quality and proper use. The older the child, the more the game is closer to real complex tasks, a railway, for example, or a mini airfield. It is interesting to play such games not only for children, but also for their parents, dads can show their knowledge of technology, or organization of the process. The main thing is that a beautiful, expensive, large-scale toy does not replace communication with a child and does not compensate for guilt, for the inability and unwillingness to just be together.
Why is it important that a surprise such as dead batteries do not stop the game?
A sharp and untimely interruption of any process is completely undesirable, of course this also applies to the game, as an instrument of cognition and development. For the smallest participants, an unexpected stop in action can offend or scare. Therefore, long-lasting Duracell batteries are a good solution for organizing family activities, especially in nature, where there is no way to recharge your favorite toy. Batteries with long-term energy storage technology are a reliable assistant in active family activities.