So, I'm trawling through my unread emails and I find one from babycentre who I signed up with when I was pregnant. It's one of their monthly updates, this time its 31 months. Yikes, how time has flown... I click on it and have a little read. When I was pregnant and Ethan was a newborn, the updates were weekly and I used to find them very useful and informative. These days, I often don't even bother reading them. I wish today was one of those times... I ended up clicking on this link and now I feel like a terrible Mummy.
I probably shouldn't be sharing that link, because chances are some of you will now click on it and end up feeling as I do. So, maybe don't click and let me sum it up for you.
It's about TV watching habits and how much TV toddlers should be allowed to watch. They are recommending an hour of TV a day or less for the 2-3 years age group, and I quote "even that amount is a lot for an active toddler". Oh. Oh dear.
We were stuck in on Tuesday this week, waiting in for someone from Virgin to come and set us up with Tivo/phone/internet (ironic, non?). Ethan has a stinking cold. It's cold and not very inviting outside. He doesn't want to draw or even be read to all that much at the moment. He barely wants to ride his bike. I feel so ashamed to admit this but I reckon he must have watched about 5 hours of TV that day. I hang my head in shame.
I think that on a good day he watches 1-2 hours. I must admit that I do try to put recorded programs on, not just stick the cbeebies chanel on. But all the same.. Am I subjecting him to too much, or is this just a case of the old inferiority complexes/anxieties cropping up?
When it's cold outside and we're ill, neither of us feel up to doing much. Ethan has now had 5 colds since Christmas. He hasn't been himself for weeks. He's ok. Not terribly ill, but just doesn't feel like doing much. I've had 4 of these colds. He's waking up quite a few nights a week and we are lacking in energy at the moment. It's just too darn easy to turn that TV on, even if it's just a bit of extra company for the both of us! I know it'll be different in the summer.. we'll be out in the garden most of the time, I'm sure. But for now, that TV is one hell of a friend.
I feel like I am failing though :-(
How much TV do you honestly think your little one/s watch a day?
As it's Friday, I'm linking this post up with Blow Your Own Blog-Horn over at Mummy's Little Monkey - she has a fab blog, why not check it out?