5 ideas for curing couch-potato syndrome

Published: Sunday, Jan. 22 2012 11:42 a.m. MST

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As a family, determine an appropriate number of hours each day or week that can be spent on TV, computer, game systems and other electronics. Be careful to make the time limits age appropriate. Young children may only need 20-30 minutes before they should quit but some activities for teens will require longer allowances because of complexity. Doctors recommend a maximum of two hours per day for most children.

The key to time limits is firmness. Often it is easier to let the kids play a little longer because it keeps them entertained and out of your hair. But it also makes it more difficult when future time limits are imposed (but Mom, you let me last time!).
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