Hello all. If a thread about this particular issue has already been posted, please forgive me.
My DD (16 months) is completely TV free. We have no TV in the home and she is not allowed to have screen time (occasionally she looks at pictures of herself on my phone but that's IT). We are reaching the point when others expect her to be watching TV, and a recent incident at DH's grandmother's house made me realize that I need to come up with a strategy for dealing with TV when we are visiting family or friends.
DH's family constantly has the TV on, which is their business. Personally I wouldn't choose to go into someone else's home and ask them to turn off the TV because my child isn't allowed to watch (no offense to anyone else who does that, I'm just that way), but when we were visiting on Sunday DH's aunt was flipping through the channels and came upon Babe. She instantly turned to DD and said, "DD, do you want to see the piggy? Look at all the animals! See the sheep? Look!" DD kind of looked for a minute but wasn't interested since I was busy feeding her some beans (as a side note--why would you distract my baby with anything if she's happily eating? Grrr....)
So I guess my question is how do you guys politely tell family/friends that it's fine if they have the TV on for themselves but please don't put on kids shows solely for the childrens' benefit? My concern is that there's no way to convey the message without sounding condescending about TV in general or seeming upset that they have it on at all. Anyone have good language they use in this situation? We visit this house VERY often so this isn't a situation I could let go because it only happens once in a while, and DD is the only kid in the family who regularly visits, so if kids shows are being put on, it will only be for her.
Sorry this is a bit long--this is my first post so I'm kind of getting used to how to do this!