I have a confession, my kids are addicted to the television. If my eldest had a chance she would happily watch it all day long! Anything, anything at all!
We’ve all heard the studies about kids watching too much TV etc etc ad nauseum! And yes they probably have watched too much, and I did rely on it for a while especially after number 3 was born meaning I had 3 kids under 33 months!
We have always vetted what the kids do actually watch by prewatching movies or watching all new programs together for the first time. We mainly watch stuff I’ve recorded or the Disney Channel.
But lately whenever they get up from their nap they ask for the TV (They’re not normally allowed to watch in the morning!). And it grates, I get annoyed having to say no a hundred times! Sometimes I get tempted to give in! which annoys me even more!
So I’ve decided to amend the routine, I added in a set craft time/activity every afternoon. After their nap they have their snack at the table and I have a craft set out ready to go.
We’ve done some painting, decopaging and making containers, the seed planting and cutting and pasting! Puzzles and games are coming out more often too!
So far it seems to be working, it delays the inevitable requests for a while and lets them do some constructive creative things!
Any more tips getting them not to WANT the TV! It’s so much easier in summer isn’t it!