I am sure there are so many things that you think you won’t do before you have your own kids and you change your view when you have one. 🙂
One of those topics for us is screen time for Chhori. I am sure everyone with kids or without one has seen that kids these days are hooked on the TV, tables or phones. Everywhere they go, no matter what age they are, they want their own device to watch something or to play something.
With Chhori, initially we didn’t start any TV at all but then we realised that she is missing out on learning Rhymes so we started with limited TV time. It was working great for us as she had only a few hours a day and the day we are out and about, none at all.
But it is changing slowly as she stays home with my parents a lot and there are times she refuses to eat so we need to put some Rhymes on for her. Sometimes, she even has the TV going on for hours. The good thing is she doesn’t sit in one place and just watch TV passively; she will be constantly on the move playing with her toys but the TV will be still on in the background.
I have told my parents to cut down on TV time as well but I do understand their problem. It is so hard to look after a very mobile child and if nothing works, TV does. Sometimes AS and I have no choice either but to put some Rhymes on when she refuses to open her mouth for food. We don’t do that for every meal but Chhori knows how to play us already. (God, she is only 1 year old. I can’t imagine our future.)
I have to admit, some good things have come from her watching TV, like she has now started to dance or do some actions when her favourite rhymes come on and she has started to hum to a few songs. We are making sure that she only watches Rhymes on the TV, not tablets or phone.
I think she is still a bit small to apply rules to right now but in a few months’ time, we are going to introduce screen time limit so we are sure she doesn’t spend too much time in front of the TV.
Are you concerned about how much time your child spends watching TV or movies, playing on little screens? What do you think is the solution?
Take care everyone,
M from nepaliaustralian
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