Shannon - posted on 05/24/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




How do you moms feel about your infants and toddlers watching educational programs on a regular basis? My little guy loves the tv, I feel irresponsible letting him watch them, but not sure why? It seems like it could be good for him and give me a breather.


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Crystal - posted on 05/24/2010




This is tricky. I use to say No way are my kids watching TV... of course this is before we had them. I think it's too hard to say No tv for the kids when we're watching it. I definitely agree, it needs to be monitored and in moderation. My kids are 2 & 4 and they get to watch things on Nick Jr and Disney (Dora, Ni Hao Kai Lan, Backyardigans, Max and Ruby). Most of the shows on these channels are educational - they show colors, numbers, shapes, and expose the kids to different languages and backgrounds. My kids get to watch TV in the morning for about an hour or so while I get ready ... and then after dinner they get to watch a show or two. It definitely helps me get some things done, and it settles them down too, so they're not running crazy all day, driving me crazy. ;)

Jaelyn - posted on 05/24/2010




I think as long as you are not letting them watch garbage, and hour or so a day wont hurt. My daughter learned to read from watching the "Your Baby Can Read" dvds. They are not allowed to watch anything that isn't educational or morally enriching, i.e. SuperWhy, VeggieTales, Baby's First TV, that sort of thing. Its not just mindless entertainment, there is learning happening. We do not have cable/satellite by choice so it really helps control what we watch and helps keep me in check to not do it too often, even with the educational dvds.

Bottom line, you need to take care of YOU first. If you need a break or a nap, then go for it. It wont hurt them. You are of no use to your kids if you are overly tired or stressed. You should plan at least 1 hr a day of

me time", doing something you enjoy. Enlist your spouse if available to make that happen, if not, go ahead and let them watch a movie. Put them in a safe place, i.e. playpen or put a tv n their baby proofed room and out up a baby gate, then go take a nap, a bath, read a book, whatever you need to do. You will both be better off for it in the long run, if you are happier, your time together will be more enjoyable. In the long run hey are not going to remember watching tv for an hr or two a day, they will remember the happy times playing together with mommy. I am guilty of trying to be "supermom" took, and have to force myself to take care of "me" more. I always feel better when I do and my kids say they have more fun with me after I am rested.

My 8 yr old will actually go tell me to take a nap if I am frazzled or cranky, and will volunteer to make lunch and/or watch his 4 yr old sister. Its a BIG help when they are a bit older :)

Joanna - posted on 05/24/2010




I am totally guilty of using the TV to get stuff done!! When I'm making meals, Sesame Street (or an Elmo or Baby Einstein dvd) comes on, otherwise she's underfoot and not only is it frustrating but dangerous when I'm cooking (I'm clumsy!). So it's a lifesaver!

I say everything in moderation! TV shouldn't be a substitute for 1 on 1 learning and playing with you, but as a little treat for them, and to give you a short break when you need it, why not?

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