Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Monterey County CA
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So every peds check up, our doc always says "No tv until they are 90.... how many more years is that?" And we have a chuckle. But he's serious - he really means no tv.
For the longest, ds was not interested in tv at all (age 4) but of course we've gotten him into a few different movies and a few different shows and now he loves these things. My 2yo dd just follows suit with big brother liking the things that he does - not so much princess stuff, just the shows and movies I allow.
But my question is more... how do I get away from using tv as a tool so I can things done?? I tend to use tv for when I need some quiet mommy time or time to do dishes or other chores I want to do minus the kid "help." I know I've gotten the advice of "involve your kids with chores" but sometimes, I just want to be done with it. I know.... it makes me feel selfish but I seem to be reaching for tv more and more lately and I'm starting to feel pretty bad about it.
Having said that... we watch a handful of shows (not sure how many of you will recognize the shows...) Signing Time, Super Why, Mickey Mouse Club, Thomas are the only shows we watch. (Mickey was just added recently). And we don't watch movies that often, but when we do it seems to be Cars, Nemo, and for some odd reason Pinocchio is the favorite choice in the car.
I grew up with a tv-loving family and I LOVED my disney movies growing up and we love going to Disneyland. So... it's kind of something hard for me to give up entirely, but I definitely want to look at scaling back and getting ideas on how to maybe encourage more independent play for the times I want to do things alone in the house (oh, like taking a shower alone is a big one too!!!)