Sunny Side of The Stream: Study Links More Exercise, Less Screen Time to Toddlers’ Ability to Plan, Remember and Focus

By Aliya Kuykendall Published on October 22, 2022

Happy weekend!

A toddler’s ability to plan, remember, focus, switch between tasks and regulate his own behavior may not be something we think about often. Planning and focusing are skills some of us adults are still working on. But these skills, called executive function, can help a toddler demonstrate self control, remember her parent’s instructions and engage in goal-directed behaviors.

A study reported in The Journal of Pediatrics found that 24-month-olds who spend less than an hour on screen time per day and get more than an hour of exercise per day tend to score higher in their executive function skills than the toddlers who don’t meet those guidelines.

It’s no surprise that exercise and freedom from screens is good for us, even at an early age.

Funny Animals

Comedy Wildlife Photo awards announced their 2022 finalists. Winners will be announced Dec. 8. The Guardian rounded up some of their favorites in the tweet below, but you can find all 43 here and review winners in past years.

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Here are some more funny animals. This orangutan laughs and rolls on the floor after a magic trick:

Florida man is a peculiar person.

One dog persevered:

The puppy can hop too.

Babies need lots of kisses.


Aliya Kuykendall is a staff writer and proofreader for The Stream. You can follow Aliya on Twitter @AliyaKuykendall and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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