I started letting DD watch a wee bit of TV last fall, when we were on vacation without DH and I needed to pack. Then when we got home I found it a convenient way to shower in the morning, and cook dinner in the evening... and it sort of creeped up, ever more embedded in our lives... I cut the cable and we just had a few DVDs, then DD discovered the library had DVDs, and it kind of went crazy from there. Last week she started getting up in the morning and the first words out of her mouth were "Can I watch a little TV?" and I knew we were in trouble.
So I cut her off, cold turkey, yesterday. That wasn't too bad because it was a weekend, we were running around, DH was there, things were busy. Today, she got up, and faced with the prospect of a morning without TV, it's like she forgot how to function. Oh, the screaming... she just started screaming when the slightest little thing went wrong. She wouldn't get out of her jammies. Then she wouldn't get into her clothes. Didn't want to go to playgroup. Didn't want to go out to a cafe. Didn't want to do ANYTHING. Miraculously, I DID manage to have a shower without fuss, but everything else was a struggle. I haven't had such a hard day with her since she was a newborn.
Anyway - mamas who have BTDT... how long does TV withdrawl last???? It's not like she doesn't have other things to play with - we have music CDs, gazillions of books, lots of toys, crayons, playdough - and a mama who is willing to play with all of them.
Postpartum doula & certified breastfeeding educator, mama to an amazing girl (11/05) and a wee little boy (3/13).