I am not sure how it happened, but Penelope has turned into a TV fanatic. She begs me to watch it, pretty much all day long. She calls it Sis, I guess because you sit down to watch it.
When I first started letting her watch TV, a little after her first birthday, it was only 30 minutes a day. We are now up to 2 hours a day! She wants to watch a full episode of Sesame Street or a Disney movie. And honestly, if we are traveling or going out to dinner, it’s more, because we will take our portable DVD player with us.
She will sit on the couch, by herself and not move. I usually will sit with her and do work on my computer, or do laundry or dishes.
I feel like a jerk for letting her watch that much TV. I have a friend, who has a child the same age as Penelope, and her toddler has never even seen TV. I wish I could be like that. Sigh. But it’s just too easy of a way to get things done around the house! When I wasn’t working at home, I can see how I didn’t rely on it as much, but now that I working part time from home, the TV is like an instant babysitter.
I do see the negative impacts of it though, I can see her getting over stimulated or grumpy after watching it sometimes. And it’s like she is not as easily entertained by other things now. She used to sit and play with her toys, by herself, for an hour and now its more like 20 minutes.
I am going to do my best and keep it balance, but it is hard. Peter and I love TV. We love to watch movies and shows together. We are big fans of HBO shows. It is a thing we do to relax and spend time together, I know it’s not real time together, but I do think it is bonding. We will talk about the story plot and the characters, etc.
Usually once a week, we all watch TV in the evenings together. A Disney movie or a nature show.
I love to cuddle with her and eat popcorn. We also like to take her to movies. She does great. She can usually last over a hour, if their is popcorn involved.
How much TV does your child watch?