I know, I know…. it’s been awhile. My goodness its been nearly two months again. As always I’m battling the time management of being a working mother and trying to find time for the things I enjoy! I’m determined to not just give up though, I’m keen to keep this all going.
So back to the task at hand, I love this photo of my little family. It’s the first time we showed Miss M a movie and hubby was particularly excited about watching Disney’s the Lion King. It was however, not the peaceful experience I think he was hoping for. We captured her attention for about ten minutes and then sporadically throughout the film whenever a song came on, but really she is not that interested in the television.
There are some programs she will watch, but not many. We also don’t have Foxtel (the Australian equivalent of Sky) and so we are limited to the Free to Air channels, which for her is basically ABC4. The programs we do catch include:
It has got me wondering about the healthy amount of exposure to television for a toddler? Miss M is in childcare four days a week and we are always busy on a Friday out and about. So she doesn’t watch an incredible amount at the moment and I’m quite happy about that.
The Raising Kids Network website actually recommends no TV for children under two – woops! Apparently they learn better by interacting with people and I would definitely agree with that. Miss M will only really watch something for longer than five minutes if I’m sitting with her and pointing out elements of the program. Otherwise she just enjoys the songs that come on and has a little dance. The TV is definitely not a babysitter for as she just isn’t that interested in it.
I have to admit though, sometimes I do wish she would really get into and enjoy a TV show. Just because I love it when she develops an attachment to something and gets all excited when she sees it or experiences it… like the park or her Winnie the Pooh bear. However if a TV show is the last thing she does get an attachment to that can’t be a bad thing really
What are your experiences with your children watching TV and what programs do they like? I’m pretty sure as Miss M grows up there will be a polar opposite post about how on earth do I get my child away from the TV!
Mrs B x