By Stacey Davis
I admit it, I let my kids watch TV. My little one will wake up in the morning and the first words out her mouth are “tartoons, Mommy?”
It turns out that the TV is on in my house to much of the time according to the American Association of Pediatrics. They recommend we allow no more that 1 to 2 hours of “quality” television viewing per day. They also suggest that we don’t allow kids to have TV’s in their rooms.
Wait a minute..no TV in their room?? Does that mean I’m a bad mom because I allow my kid to have a TV in her room??? Isn’t it ok for mom and dad to have control of the TV in our living room once in a while?
These questions bounce around my brain, I think “I want to follow the AAP recommendation, I mean they are the Association of Pediatrics, they know what is good for our kids. Right? They’ve done research.” I don’t want to over stimulate my kids. I don’t want to encourage violence. And I don’t want them to become TV-aholics.
But sometimes I just need a break. A break to write without interruption. A break to breathe my own air. A break to take a shower without hearing “Mommy can you….” So I turn on the TV.
It’s not like they are watching Law & Order or MTV. They are watching Playhouse Disney or Nick Junior. Or a video by Disney or Veggie Tales. Occasionally there is some Scooby Doo thrown in or Tom and Jerry.
Am I making excuses here? Saying 5 hours a day of TV watching is ok as long as it is “quality” programming? Okay, 5 hours might be extreme…but some days it has happened. And, don’t tell anyone, but some days it might have been more than 5.
Today I am going to take a stand. No more guilt!
I hereby pledge to give myself a break if I need it and to not feel guilty about the Scooby Doo marathon that the kids watched today. I will try and keep the TV watching to a minimum and may even have days where that big box is not even used, but if it is I will not berate myself for being a bad mom.
I might even join them in front of the boob tube.