My Kids Watch T.V. & I’m Not A Bad Mom

  1. Oh man.. this!! This was such a needed post for me to read. Thank you! My kids watch the iPad and tv daily.

  2. Amy says:

    Absolutely! There is already enough of a comparison game out there, that this particular one drives me bonkers. You do you & I’ll do me. If I have the TV on so that I can accomplish vacuuming without a little toddler constantly pushing the off button on my vacuum, you bet I’m going to. Or if I just WANT to sit down with my boys, snuggle & watch a show, that’s what we are going to do. Who knew that TV would get me so riled up? hahahaha!

  3. Jessica says:

    Yes!!!! I find myself making comments about the kids watching tv and feelin bad about it. Why? They are going to be able to use technology in ways we can’t imagine, so hiding it or keeping it from there isn’t the answer. There are so many wonderful shows out there. My kids love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Daniel Tiger, Sofia, etc. They are all shows with learning included or really great messages. I’m with you and I’m sick of feeling like a bad mom because I let my kids watch tv. No more!! I really needed this today.

  4. Laura Keenan says:

    Love this honesty! I’m admittedly one of those moms that really limits screen time, especially before age 2. But it’s also a big part of our lives. Liam always watches a show while I get Finn down for a nap. Oh hey there you adorable Daniel Tiger you! And we try to make movie nights a rare special thing. But it’a totally a personal choice. Everyone mom gets to decide for themselves and own it!

  5. Meghan says:

    Yes, yes, yes! Noah watches tv and his iPad on a daily basis. There are some days when I just need more time to myself that he may watch more, but I definitely don’t feel guilty about him watching a little each day. And honestly, the way these shows are so educational these days I don’t feel bad at all! Noah knew what combustion was the other day because of Blaze and he knew about the leaning tower of Pisa because of little einsteins. Those are things I wouldn’t have even thought to teach him at the age of 4! And even the silly you tube shows, I don’t have a problem with it. We all need some mindless entertainment in our lives ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Stephanie says:

    Oh snap!! If I was judged on the amount of TV time Connor got, I’ve have child safety at my house. He doesn’t nap anymore so there isn’t legit quiet time in our home. So for quiet time in the afternoon he rests on the couch and watches a movie. That’s about 90 minutes solid every day and girl, I don’t feel one bit bad. I feel bad when I don’t get that time to disconnect. When James is traveling, he watches even more because I gotta survive. When I need him to just be for a bit without destroying the place I allow him to cuddle up on the couch or his bed and he watches his iPad. On any given day he probably gets about 2.5 hours of screen time. So I guess what I’m saying is I’m with you on this one.

  7. Preach! We are very pro-TV around here, no shame about it! It’s part of our schedule and, honestly, the only way I can get work done some days so we def use it to our advantage!

  8. Melissa Scott says:

    Yes! YES!! Yeeeeessss!!!!!!!! Thank you for this post!

  9. Brittany Rae says:

    Love it. There are so many good educational shows out there, hello Daniel Tiger, I see you on this blog post. I am 35. And I watch the kids shows. Because I have to know what my kiddos (that I work with) are up to. And while I have been doing that more, when I cook or clean, I have learned that Daniel Tiger promotes sharing, and lessons about choosing, and being sick, and having a new baby come home.
    These shows are life lessons, and I am CERTAIN that you are not like letting your child watch 300, or London Has Fallen, or (insert name of Horror show here because I do not watch any because as a child I was forced to at a b-day party and have never been the same again, ha!).
    You are all good, excellent even, parents!

  10. brittany says:

    love this and love these thoughts!!! i so agree. the only reason i try to “limit” [i say that as my firstborn watches PBS] is because too much makes her noticeably cranky to deal with. and the whole brain development thing for under 2, but my younger one doesn’t care to sit in front of the tv for long so if he actually does i count it as a blessing and i take 5 seconds to relax. ๐Ÿ˜‰ but good day or bad day, hey, we watched tv as kids! what i have learned for us, too, is live tv [the old fashioned way!] works out so much better than streaming netflix because there is potentially no end to streaming. so i definitely don’t think tv is bad! just proper usage, however it works best for you is extra good, right? like when mama needs COFFEE!!!

  11. kristen says:

    well, i’m not a mother, but i agree with you. i don’t remember when we started watching TV because my memory doesn’t go back that far lol but i definitely grew up watching TV. and if you think i am a bookworm now, 30 year old me has nothing on 5 or 10 year old me. seriously. it doesn’t have to be all or nothing, i don’t think. we played outside, read books, but we also played video games and watched TV every day.

  12. Jen says:

    Love this!! My husband and I always comment how incredibly active our 3 year old’s imagination is after she watches a favorite show or movie. She runs around acting out all the scenes and honestly I think it’s just great fuel for her imaginative play.

  13. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side says:

    Yes so true! There are some days that there is a lot of TV, and other days there is none, it’s all relative and in the end, they probably won’t be a couch potato. They do have other interests, but sometimes Mama just needs a break!

  14. Hannah says:

    Well said, mama! Why is this such a hot topic? So what if I let my boys watch tv? I like to watch it, I can’t blame them for wanting to watch a show. Not that they really sit long enough to watch a show. ha. There have been times when I feel like I beg them to please sit and just watch a show so I can fix dinner in peace and without “help”! But no. They don’t. I suppose that should make me happy. haha. Though I will say, little Mr. Oliver, loves him some tv – ever since he was a brand new baby. It’s hilarious and maybe a little bad? Eh, what do I care? We play and read and do all kinds of fun things [I hope…]. Anyhow, I like your thinking ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Desiree says:

    AMEN!!!
    Our mornings always, ALWAYS include a show (or two, or three). Because, when we’re all up at 5:00AM, what are we supposed to do? I’m not functional enough at 5:00AM to come up with a craft, my neighbors sure as heck don’t want us outside playing soccer (or football, or baseball, or riding bikes with “motors” on them) that early, and most importantly, my coffee hasn’t kicked in.
    Now, 7AM? That’s a different story, we’re pretty much on the move and doing stuff by then. But shoot, my kids watch tv and I’m totally ok with it. If others aren’t, meh, then THEY can come over at the butt crack of dawn and do whatever it is they feel the need to do that early.

  16. Jennifer says:

    This is such a good post! The more I experience, the more I realize that each family has to do what is best for them. Obviously we all love our children, and we are all doing our best to provide a good place for them to grow up and learn. So, we need to stop judgment of others. So, so true! And, Ben loves TV too!

  17. Julie Joy says:

    I used to feel SO so so guilty for turning the TV on. And then baby #2 came.. and really some days it’s my only saving grace! I no longer feel guilty and I embrace it with no shame!

  18. Jessica says:

    Um, our TV is never really off. I don’t feel guilty about the TV, but I do try to limit her Kindle time since she has SO. MANY. TOYS. But I don’t feel one bit guilty about the TV!

  19. We watch cartoons and movies, too! Olive has learned so much from Daniel Tiger. We sing those silly songs in all kinds of situations and they really helped her understand what to do when we started potty training, when she became a big sister and when she gets “strustrated”. There are so many good things to watch and I love watching her imagination grow when we watch a fun movie together. She’s obsessed with Frozen right now so we are constantly acting out scenes, talking about the characters and asking her comprehension questions that naturally go along with the movie. It’s great! And then there are silly shows that she watches just for fun all on her own. Just like me. There’s definitely a place for cartoons and movies in our days ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I absolutely LOVE this! I wrote a post VERY similar a few months back: http://themorrelltale.com/allow-toddler-watch-tv/

    I feel that watching TV has definitely helped my 2.5 year old develop his speech a lot!

  21. Crystal says:

    First of all, little Miss Mabel standing there with her hands behind her back watching Daniel the Tiger is just about the cutest thing! Her little hands!! So sweet. Secondly, THIS! All of this. You just said everything so many moms have been feeling. Mason loves to watch movies and now YouTube. But you know what? He has learned so dang much from a silly YouTube video. And? No harm in that! Great post, friend!

  22. Whitney says:

    AGREED. There are just times in life that seem to focus more around the TV but why is it that we are made to feel bad about that? Dads dont. Moms shouldnt either.

  23. Ashley Dorey says:

    Right on, mama!! I feel like our TV is pretty much always on and no one is ever watching it. And I kind of like it like that. Kids always want what they can’t have…give it to them and they don’t want it! It works out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Amanda says:

    To be honest, this is one thing I really love about having R in daycare because they don’t even have TVs in the rooms so she is never watching TV during the day, so I feel zero TV guilt woo! (Which partly makes up for, you know, the working mom guilt that follows me daily.) If I were a SAHM, I’m sure I’d have the TV on sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ But I actually don’t even know how people get toddlers to sit and watch shows! We’ve turned on Magic School Bus or whatever for R on the weekends sometimes, and she will maybe watch 3 minutes before she’s lost interest. The ONLY thing she will sit and watch for a solid 15 minutes are her Praise Baby DVDs, which cracks me up. I have no idea why she loves them so much!

  25. Susannah says:

    Oh dear goodness, YES! Screen time is not the end of the world. Sure, it CAN be negative if we’re just sitting our kids in front of the TV all day every day but letting them watch a TV show or a movie (or two) during a day is a part of life!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I FULLY agree. I feel like these days people “shame” each other if their kids watch too much tv (or what they FEEL to be too much tv) or if their kid is watching their phone in a store, but I say who cares. You do you and I’ll do me and if you don’t like how I’m parenting, then oh well. Mason watches more iPad than tv and I used to feel bad about it, but in the mornings, I’m trying to run around and get us ready to leave and if he needs a little iPad babysitter to not tear apart the house at 7am, then so be it. If it was all day, every day, 24/7, then maybe it would be a problem, but I seriously don’t see a problem with a little screen time every day. And like you said, technology isn’t going anywhere, I swear Mason knows how to do more on the iPad and phone than I do. The other day he hit a button and you tube appeared on the tv from the phone and my mind was blown. (And I didn’t know how to fix it LOL).

  27. Hannah says:

    Amen!! Love this! There are days when I know that my girls have too much screen time, but there are days when I have too much. We shouldn’t feel guilty for allowing our kids to watch TV. We all need a break and sometimes screen time is the best way for us to get it.

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