I've mentioned here, and here, maybe a few other times that we don't put children's programming on for Animal, and that's not a lie. I really wanted to follow the AAP recommendation of no television until 2 years old. I've told my family, and Animal's babysitters and it's the rule we abide by in our home.
We do watch TV so it's not like he's not exposed to it, and he does watch minutes here and there. Also when I have to trim his nails we'll put on a Yo Gabba Gabba or Sesame Street video on our smart phones.
|Our favorite song- Don't Bite Your Friends|
But, my mom, who watches Animal 5 days a week, 9.5 hrs a day. Puts on Nick Jr for anywhere from 1-2hrs a day (maybe more, for all I know). He doesn't really watch whole shows, but he does watch a few minutes here and there, of shows he likes, while he plays.
I hate it. I hate it so much. I don't say anything because my mom is older, and tiered and my son is a lot to handle. I know. If it makes her day easier I don't want to complain. We all watched TV, and other than being coach potatoes, we're all cool. None of us had/have ADHD which is what I'm scared of, so...
In the last two weeks I have put on Nick Jr for 5-10 minutes while I do something, like make his lunch. So that I could do it in peace, without him screaming his head off, or resetting the satellite. I feel terribly guilty each time I do, but I just need 5 minutes of peace. I tell myself that it isn't the norm and he doesn't just plop down and watch it mesmerized. So, maybe it
Well last week when I did this, the Hubby made a comment. Something to the effect of me being a hypocrite, because I was doing something I said I wouldn't do. Not in those words, and not even with malice. Just matter of fact. Usually I would smack that kind of remark right down with my own criticism. Maybe, just because I feel so shitty about it. I didn't really respond.
So I don't really know where I am now.
I guess where I am, is in a space of some, but not total resignation.
I just can't entertain him non stop. Sometimes I have shit to do, and sometimes I'm alone or the hubby is just as busy as I am. So I'm going to use the TV for a few minutes, here and there. I'm not perfect, I tried, and I still wont sit him in front of the television for a whole show. But two isn't that far away...right...