I have another confession...
I let Christopher watch TV and probably what some would consider "a lot."
No, he is not parked in front of the TV for hours on end, but we have been known to use it as a "babysitter."
And I do feel bad about it. I hate that we have fallen into that bad habit.
But, putting on Yo Gabba Gabba or Sesame Street while trying to get things done often makes our lives that much easier.
Or in the morning, when Christopher decides 6am is an appropriate time to great us with his presence. Most of the time I just get up with him, but those days when you are still super tired? That's when Chicka Chicka Boom Boom comes in handy. So, he will sit in bed with us and quietly watch his show.
Toddlers require a lot of entertainment. Yes, Christopher can entertain himself for a decent amount of time, but it seems like whenever I am trying to get something important done, he decides to be very needy. He wants mommy's undivided attention. So instead of getting frustrated with him, I give him a little Elmo. And then we are all happy. I get my stuff done and Christopher dances and sings along with Elmo.
|Christopher - 21 months
Now, here is where I justify our possibly poor choice:
We do limit the amount of TV Christopher watches. Like I said, we don't let him sit in front of it for hours on end. No more than about an hour a day. And we are being discretionary about what he watches - Elmo, Sesame Street, Yo Gabba Gabba, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and even the occasional Barney. ::shudders::
Do you allow your toddler to watch TV? How do you feel about toddlers watching TV?
I will admit that before kids I said I would never
allow my toddler to watch TV. But now as a parent, I have learned that you should never say never until you are in that situation.