There are times when I just need to cook, clean, use the toilet or have a bit of a rest. This is when I use the TV; Cbeebies, a wildlife documentary or lovely films. I would like to use the loo in peace, I can’t take the little Monkey holding onto my leg, it is meant to be a private time!!
During the first trimester of my current pregnancy I was exhausted, it was horrible winter weather and Monkey wasn’t sleeping well. I feel we slipped into a bad pattern of using TV too much, sometimes mummy needs to lie on the sofa and pass out. Growing a baby whilst running after a toddler is hard!!
I have tried to limit TV again to key times when I need to do something and Monkey won’t play independently (which he can be very good at). A proper meal needs to be made for the hungry husband!
TV is so easy to use as a parenting tool, part of me thinks it can be a great educational tool with the right programmes, but I do believe it needs to be limited. We have the radio on as background noise whilst we play and get ready for the day, so TV can be saved mainly for when I need to cook in the evenings. Monkey enjoys ‘Plant Rock’, he takes after his mother and biker grandfather!
As with everything else in life, decisions on using TV is down to personal preference and what works best for your toddler family life. Being a parent is exhausting and we all need a break, it’s finding the balance.