Australian parents are being urged to take a step back from the pressures of modern parenting and adopt a simpler approach to raising children.
New research suggests parents need to take on a more old-fashioned style of parenting instead of being worried about keeping children constantly entertained, often resorting to “quick fixes” like video games and television.
Little People, Big Lives, a new report unveiled by the University of Notre Dame Sydney in conjunction with Sanitarium Health Food Company, calls for parents to refocus on the big picture.
Over-complicated parenting can heighten the risk of serious issues relating to childhood health like obesity, type 2 diabetes and mental health problems, the research claims.
Aussie parents are turning to ‘quick fixes’ like technology to keep their children constantly entertained.Source:istock
Professor Christine Bennett AO, Dean of Medicine at The University Notre Dame, said busy modern parents were often trying to find fast solutions to problems but it could actually have a detrimental effect.
“It’s not about ‘quick fix solutions’, but rather going back to basics. Healthy eating and
physical activity are important but there’s more we need for a healthy start to life,” Prof Bennett said.
“Active play, good sleep, limiting screen time, love and care, are all vital to a child’s positive self-worth and social connection.”
She said that reducing the amount of technology children have access to, encouraging them to play outside and eating meals as a family can have a majorly positive impact on a child’s health.
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