Embracing Toddler Television TimeEmily Malone
There was a long period of time when Cullen was first born that I was militant about him not being around the television when it was on. This wasn’t a huge issue since we don’t usually watch TV during the day anyway, but I found it more challenging when we were traveling or outside of our home.
I think a big part of it was just getting caught up in all those first mom “rules” and expectations of guidelines you should follow. I hated the way Cullen would zone out and stare at the screen when it was on, as it always made me feel like he was missing out on some other “learning” opportunity.
I’m not really sure when this changed, but I’ve definitely become a lot more comfortable with embracing technology, and the role that it will inevitably play in his life going forward. We still don’t overdo it, but I’m not opposed to him watching an episode of Sesame Street every other day, or even every day when the weather is horrible or I need some extra time to get something done.
I know this is a slippery slope, and I try to be really aware of how often I let him zone out to his favorite colorful characters. But I have to admit, it’s really nice to have the option when I need it. We have a new baby coming in a few weeks, and I know I may have to rely on PBS a little more often than I’d like for a few weeks. I’m trying to relax and tell myself that in the bigger picture, it’s really not a big deal. Because it isn’t. And, honestly, I can tell that there are things Cullen has learned from his shows, which has always been my hope. He loves the characters, can name them all, and often tells me afterward what they were doing or singing about.
He sure does love his Saturday morning cartoons!