Let me preface this thread with the following: This thread is not being started as a debate about watching TV. Feel free to start your own thread to debate the issue if that is what you are interested in doing! Thanks
So dd is 16 months old, and I realize that she sholdn't be watching television. It was easy in the begining because I could turn it off, but now she knows how to turn it on, and turn the channels. Unless I take her out of the house, that is all she wants to do in the morning (watch pbs).
We go out almost every day so that we can play away from the TV and away from the computer.
When we are at home, however, I am always struggling to keep her entertained/focused etc.
What can I do with a 16 month old? I know she likes new toys and she likes to develope new skills with those toys, but I also realize that I am not going to run out and buy something whenever she is bored. There must be things we can find to play with around the house. AND I know she needs some time to play on her own too, to focus, concentrate, and learn, but she does not seem interested in this most of the time.
So, I am falling farther and farther away from the "no tv" mom, and now dd lights up at the site of Elmo's World on PBS.
It's too easy to let her watch it while I take a shower, make supper etc.
I want to change this, but here's the catch:
We are not getting rid of the TV. Dh would flip out if I even suggested such a thing! We don't have cable (that is a battle I've been winning so far).
Again, let's not debate weather or not TV is ok for dd in this thread. That is not the issue. The issue is that I've decided that I want to take the TV out of her life so that she can grow and learn and develop through other mediums. I need some help, though!
How have you worked through this as parents?