Frederick's Child Magazine June/July 2011 : Page 45

Ditch the screens. The amount of television, computer time, and video game time that children engage in over the summer tends to increase because children have more time on their hands. Start early to make a plan to phase out some of that idle time. Before the end of the school year, ask your children to think about some fun things they would like to do over the summer instead of watching TV. The trick will be replacing screen time with other activities in advance (it will be much more difficult to take away the TV, computer, etc. once it is already on). This is also a great time to remove screens from your child’s room. Allowing television in the child’s bedroom is detrimental because it takes away from family time, limits physical activity, and reduces time spent doing other more interesting activities. Also, try to find alternatives to using screen time as a reward or punishment. Using screen time as a behavior incentive tends to give it more power and emphasis that is desirable. Using praise, encouragement, play time, or a trip to the library, for example, takes the focus off of the television. Be a model. Make sure you stay mentally engaged and active over the summer as well. Be aware of the amount of time you spend watching television or at the computer versus reading or engaging in physical activity. Your child will pick up your habits—good and bad— so make sure she sees you reading, learning, engaged and interested. Summer plays a significant part in creating childhood memories. It should be a time for learning and fun, not frustration and boredom. Following these simple suggestions should help keep your child interested in learning and on target for the upcoming academic year. Dr. Alexandra Mirabelli works with children, young adults, and families at Frederick Psycholgy Center. Frederick Psychology Center The Assessment Center at FPC Offering comprehensive psychological services including psychoeducational assessment, consultation to schools, and therapy for children, adolescents, and families. All services are confidential and tailored to the specific needs of your child. Timothy Gibian, P sy .D. Gregory Powell, P h .D. L. Alexandra Mirabelli, P sy .D. Kevin Lawlor, P sy .D. Julieann Ipsan, LCsW-C & 97 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 202 Frederick, MD 21702 301-695-6455 MAYNE’S TREE FARM 3420 Buckeystown Pike • Buckeystown Strawberries (Pre-picked Also Available) (Please call for availability) Pick-Your-own Until About June 15 Sweet Corn Picked dailY White • Bi-Color • Yellow Starting About July 15 (Please call for availability) 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Monday–Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Monday–Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Saturday & Sunday Fruits & Vegetables also aVailable Local Peaches • Cantalopes • Watermelons • Cucumbers • Squash • Tomatoes From I-270 take Rt. 85 South for 5 miles through Buckeystown to the first farm on the right. Watch for sign. June • July 2011 Visit us online at 301-662-4320 or 301-874-2665 Page 45

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