I feel like one of the most hotly talked about mom buttons is screen time.
A year ago, I talked about our loose plans for screen time. And since then, we’ve adjusted. We’ve adapted. We’ve done what works for us.
I had originally said that I wanted to hold off on screen time for Riley until he was two. Well, news alert, that didn’t last. At around sixteen months Riley thought 4am was a great time to wake up. Eventually it morphed into 5am. And sometimes now, it’s 6am. But the common denominator of all of those times – THEY’RE ALL EFFING EARLY.
And sometimes, you just can’t deal with a clingy whiny toddler first thing in the morning.
So sometimes (a lot of times), after Riley has had his banana and I start to make my coffee. I turn on Sesame Street or Daniel Tiger.
Riley has his spot, which clearly he is quite comfortable in and he settles down to watch some of his favorite animated/puppet friends. And I’m not mad about it.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want him in front of the TV all dang day, and he isn’t. But I do enjoy being able to make our breakfast in peace and easing into the day and sometimes even watching the episode with him. Have you seen Sesame Street lately? They have some GREAT cameos and wonderfully amusing parodies.
Anyhoo, what I’m saying is that you change your parenting as your kid changes and as your life changes. It happens. Riley watches TV here and there and the world hasn’t stopped. He still doesn’t know iPads exist and in his world phones are for FaceTime, music and Snapchat filters. So we’ve still got that one going for us, ha.
In any case, parenting continues to be a learning experience and I am quite the student.
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