Mine watches videos. And that's about the only time that they are allowed (we don't have a TV, but we do have a computer. And it is in the living room. And he calls it the TV.)
But lately he has been having tantrums, requesting that I put "baby" down for a nap... just so he can watch a video. I didn't feel great about starting the whole video thing 18 months ago, when my second really was a baby. But now he is an 18 month old. This habit has been going on for EIGHTEEN MONTHS. And my "baby" still needs to be cuddled to sleep (or I still need to cuddle him to sleep, same dif.)
So... what do you guys do? Do you have a "special toys" basket? My 3 year old is in a really mischievous phase right now, and I am really afraid that unless I let the "TV" babysit him, he will get into trouble.
Please throw some (really) creative ideas at me and some extra willpower to help us cut the videos. I'm not against videos period-- but I feel like they need to be watched with an adult and discussed. I don't like just sitting him in front of the tV. But it is just so easy, and it gets me attachment time with my littler one.
Distraction is not the same thing as play.
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DS1, 8 years. DS2, 6 years. DS3, 2 years. DD1, due April 2015