It’s probably an understatement to say NBC’s “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie is a busy mom.
The 47-year-old manages to balance her high-pressure job while raising her two beautiful children, 2-year-old Charley Max and 4-year-old Vale.
Now, Guthrie his sharing her favorite mom hack to stay on track.
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The mother of two told People that “tequila” is the key to being a successful parent before clarifying:
“No, I’m just kidding.”
Guthrie said that she’s found a way to keep her children occupied without putting them in front of a screen.
Her trick? The mom said audiobooks are the ultimate mom hack. She explained:
“A lot of us don’t want to have our kids in front of the screen all the time but if you want to get anything done around the house you sometimes have to. A good middle ground is you can find children’s audio stories on Spotify, and it’s great!”
“They can listen to Peter Pan, Cinderella, and you can do the dishes or whatever you gotta do but they still have to use their imaginations.”
Children who have more than two hours of screen time per day are more likely to score lower on thinking and language tests, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health that tested more than 11,000 children between ages 9 and 10.
Brain scans of the children with more screen time showed a thinning in the cortex, which processes information.
However, a study by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) concluded that parents don’t have much reason to worry.
The report states that there is little evidence linking screen time to harmful effects on children’s health.
RCPCH President Russell Viner told CNN:
“Although there are negative associations between screen time and poor mental health, sleep and fitness, we cannot be sure that these links are causal, or if other factors are causing both negative health outcomes and higher screen time.”
However, limiting screen time, as Guthrie suggests, may be beneficial.
The “Today” host said she downloads audiobooks using the streaming platform Spotify, but other services like Audible also have lots of options for children.
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