As an online retailer we are certainly not adverse to technology but the article below cites some very disturbing issues when children have too much time on screens instead of engaging in traditional play such as dressing up.
The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends no screen-time for children under two and a maximum two hours a day there-after. This is not just due to a proven link between screen-time and attention disorders, but because it eliminates other activities essential for building healthy bodies and brains.
We started Costumechest for a variety of reasons but one of the key ones was the sheer amount of pleasure, interactivity and learning that is generated by a child dressing up, experiencing make-believe, learning history and playing in real life with other children. We have first hand experience of this from seeing our own offspring grow up and go on to do great things in their lives. We had the same parental battle with excess screen time and resorted to limiting Internet and TV access so they could experience all the other pleasures of childhood too. Enrolling them in clubs, dance classes, music lessons, inviting friends home and dressing up of course, all engaged them and ensured a balanced yet exciting young development period.
Parenting is very difficult, there are very few hard and fast rules and even less good advice out there but encouraging play is without a doubt incredibly important in a child’s development.