I like things natural in my house. In my opinion, there is nothing natural about staring at a screen with thousands of lights changing colors so quickly. With that being said, I still watch TV. I love watching American Ninja Warrior, Game of Thrones, the History Channel, the Weather Channel, etc. There’s so much you can learn, and TV can be extremely captivating!
Captivating… I notice when I watch TV and my baby is awake she’s always staring at the screen. Honestly, it bothers me. When I first had her she could care less. It started happening when she was around 4 months old. I’ve taken a step back and thought about this a lot. I don’t want her becoming captivated by the TV this early in life.
I was always outside growing up, and I only saw TV in the evening if it was raining. I have not sworn off TV- and I won’t either; but instead of watching it throughout the day I watch it in the evenings. So during the days I’m home with my little muffin we listen to classical, country, rock, jazz, or alternative rock music. We listen to music all day until the evening comes. She’ll take a nap and I’ll write or clean the house, and when she wakes up I’ll read her some of our favorite books and play.
TV is not the only electronic that bothers me. I’ve made it explicitly clear with relatives and friends that we do not want her to have a tablet or stare at a phone. I myself buy hardback books because I don’t want to stare at a lit screen that long and my eyes are fully developed!
Now don’t get me wrong, I will not and never have judged other parents for allowing their kids access to devices like these. I’m proparenting, and however you see fit is your business. I’m just personally against it because I don’t want her to have a sight issue due to lit screens. We’ve all seen the commercials of mother’s saying “I don’t know what to do! She cries every time I take the phone away!” I always sigh and think, “take it away, and let her cry”. Crying is actually good for babies sometimes. There are different cries, and if she/he is crying because you took something away that teaches a lesson. You can’t always get what you want. And there’s no more important time to instill that lesson than when they’re small.
If you don’t know what you want to do, do some research and ask other mothers/fathers you know. Your peers will give you more insight than the older generation. If you think about it, it makes sense. My parents never had issues with this technology advancement while I was growing up. We rarely watched TV and our gameboys didn’t have backlit screens.