How much screen time is too much?
By Kyla Cornish
Life is getting a little bit easier in our house and I think I have the television to thank.
Now that the kids are a bit older, I am able to take a shower AND get dressed without being hounded the entire time. Granted, it’s not due to my parenting but due to the turning on of “the boob tube.”
And I am thankful for it.
Listen, I am not going to go into the great TV debate. My kids love TV. They would watch “a show” all day. Baby Bot only talks in what we call, “show talk.” He relates everything he sees or does to what he has seen on TV. It is a bit embarrassing because I truly do try to limit the amount of ‘screen time’ the kids have.
And by limit, I mean, what works for me.
For example: If the kids have been watching TV for half an hour in the morning and we are about to be late for music class, I will say something like, “That is enough TV for this morning.”
On the other hand, if my husband and I are enjoying a leisurely coffee and chat on a Sunday Morning, I see nothing wrong with them watching TV for an hour.
Also, if its a rainy day and I am ‘crafted’ the hell out, I see nothing wrong with an afternoon movie. And if that rainy day also happens to be a day where my kids have already watched an hour of television in the morning, so I could work out and have a shower, so be it.
For the most part in our home, the television is only on when it is to be watched.
It’s never background noise.
And that can be embarrassing in its own right. If the television is on at home or anywhere else, my children will stop what they are doing to watch that damn TV. They cannot multi task. They are television zombies. In fact, I am sure that I could leave my five and two-year-old at home alone and return an hour later with them in the exact same spot.
But, I have never done this.
I mean, I have taken a five-minute nap, but never left the house. Well, maybe I have gone outside for like 15 minutes, but never left the neighbourhood.
Though, that would be sort of awesome.
“Okay, you kids watch TV while Mommy runs to the pharmacy to buy some birth control pills. Don’t move. Just watch your show, okay? Love you! Oh and don’t answer the door. Bye!”
And with that, I better run. Whirlwind has just watched her second hour of television for the day and its only 2:30 in the afternoon.
– Kyla Cornish is a “retired” radio Dj adjusting to being a Momma of two children. Main problems? Lack of sex, sleep sanity and an addiction to saucy chicken wings. Kyla has been published in a series of funny blogger ebooks, “Life Well Blogged.” She has also been recognized as one of the Top 25 Funny Moms in Canada and US by Circle of Moms. Then she was kicked out of that contest for cheating. She also won a baking competition when she was 11 at a 4-H Rally. Find Kyla here: http://www.mommysweird.com and follow on twitter @mommyisweird