Your little one is learning about the world. When you are there, by her side, interested, it helps her stay focused and think about what she is seeing, doing and learning. Encourage her to explore without taking over. Let her try to figure things out (problem solve) but be ready to step in to assist if she appears to be in any kind of danger or getting too frustrated.
Research has shown that one-, two-, and three-year-olds’ play and attention spans are shorter in length in the presence of background television and parent-child interactions are also less frequent. To learn more, go to www.pbs.org