Last Monday morning, Ken and I were moving furniture out of the family room as we are getting a new set. Cooper and Cole were eating breakfast and watching TV, which is located in the family room. After breakfast, Cooper walked into the family room and said, "Hey, where's my couch?" I couldn't believe it. He was so entranced with the TV that he did not see us walking right in front of him carrying huge pieces of furniture.
I admit it...when I had my first child, I planned to be one of those moms who didn't let their kids watch TV. Right! I was pretty good with Cooper for the first six months, but then I needed a few minutes to wash dishes or do a load of laundry so I let him watch PBS. We were big fans of Word World and SuperWhy! Then when I got pregnant with Cole and was tired most of the time, we discovered the Disney Channel and shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and Imagination Movers.
In my defense, I must remind you that Cooper gets up at 5:30am every morning. I tried to play with him but at 5:30am I am not that creative, plus we needed to be quiet as Cole and Ken were usually still asleep. So yes, I resorted to the TV. I could lie on the couch in a haze while he was entertained and quiet. The problem with that was I never turned the TV off until after we were all dressed...around 9am. So before I knew it, my three- year old and one-year old were watching 3 hours of TV per day!
There are many statistics published regarding children watching too much TV. The
They say children who watch a lot of TV during their early years are at an increased risk of childhood obesity, lack the ability to focus, have poor learning development and show aggressive behavior.
The problem is the TV is so easy when you need a few minutes to do something. It keeps them occupied and contained so I can make a phone call, wash some dishes or even just get dressed. Plus, the programs my boys watch are educational. I swear Cooper learned his ABCs from watching SuperWhy! I know, excuses, excuses right?
However, Cooper's complete 'TV fog' on Monday when we were moving the furniture bothered me. So we are making a few changes. Now I try not to turn the TV on first thing in the morning, but wait until breakfast is over. We will see how long my boys will last...or more like how long I will last.
So what else can we do instead of watching TV? Check out the pictures below.