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Family Time Vs Technology: Therapist Offers Activities

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Between computers, smart phones and tablets, families are racking up more screen time than ever.

Have you ever thought about applying boundaries to this technology in your home? No one would argue that smart phones, i-pads and many other devices we have access to have made our lives easier and more entertaining for our children.

Technology has drastically changed family life as well and some experts say the change hasn't been for the best.

Michael Whitehead of Actuality Family Therapy says families can swap out screen time for face time by changing their daily plans two ways, scheduling family dinner and activities.

Experts say children have a 70 percent higher chance of having a better relationship with their parents when a family dinner is scheduled at least four times a week. Research has also shown that children are less likely to use and abuse substances.

Whitehead says a byproduct of eating dinner together is preparing the meal. A child can be given responsibilities around the kitchen to increase their self worth and independence.

The family therapist also recommends scheduling a family activity once a week. Playing games like Sorry, Connect Four, UNO and cards will teach children different life skills. These simple and fun games can teach a child at any age how to control frustration or how to regulate their emotions.

Whitehead says its also important for couples to plan at least one three-hour activity together once a week. He says activities are great ways for couples to maintain a strong relationship.

For more information, visit: Actuality Family Therapy

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