I actually am embarrassed to write this post. No mom wants to admit their child watches too much TV, but if I am being honest my child totally does.
I never was a mom who had strong TV rules. As a baby, Little Bear watched TV but it wasn't for long periods. When he was a year and a half he found his love of Disney movies. It was pure bliss to pop in a Disney movie and he would just sit still on the couch for a whole hour.
Yes, I am that mom who used the TV to babysit my child. I work part time and several of those hours are from home. When Little Bear gave up napping I turned to the TV to occupy him as I responded to emails for work. Not my proudest mom moment, but I'm just being real.
Lately, the TV has just been on all the time. Half the time he isn't even watching it. It's just background noise as he plays with toys and games. Now, when I suggest putting a movie Little Bear will be like nah I just watched it. TV and movies have lost their specialness.
We had a play date over the weekend and my friend's daughter barely ever watches TV. I don't think I can be that disciplined, but I do see the value of limiting TV. I want to encourage Little Bear to read more, to have more imaginative play and just to have fun without TV.
So here's to me staying strong and keeping that TV off ....for most of the day. Hey, it's baby steps for this mama. I don't want to lose my mind.
How do you feel about TV watching for kiddies? I am curious to see what other moms have to say.
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