Parents: Set Limits and Good Example

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A great story about how parents can help kids manage their "screen" time to make sure they don't overdose, so to speak, includes the following advice:

Parents need to play or watch their kids playing their games. [New Hampshire pediatrician] Dr. Charles Cappetta says you would help your kid with their homework, why not help them with their video games?

Just as with texting and non-educational video games, parents can and should step in to limit time spent with gadgets, just as they would with good eating and other lifestyle habits.

Cappetta suggests what he called the "5210" approach. It stands for five fruits and vegetables, two hours of video games, one hour of physical activity and zero sweets. And he suggests this approach for parents, too.