Once again the dilemma of “how much screen time” is being played out in our house. I’m really not a fan of Little Bear watching too much but some days it feels like one of the only options left.
The summer holidays have been a bit of a washout so far and although we’ve managed to get out every day it’s not always been for as long as either of us would like. And as many times as I’ve thought, “When does playgroup start again?”, Little Bear has said, “I miss playgroup”…so we feel each other’s pain!
I was talking to a friend the other day and I said that no matter what I do, I end up feeling guilty. Today we have painted, cut out pictures, built, read stories, played shops, done puzzles, writing practice, explored playdough and made lunch together. Some of this he managed to do on his own (shops thankfully, and playdough, although I joined in uninvited with this) but the majority we did together whilst having some wonderful conversations. And yet, at 4 o’clock, I still feel guilty about turning the television on.
I guess the problem is that Little Bear won’t play on his own for long. And because of this I get bored of playing, get tired of reading the same books time after time, get frustrated by the constant “mummy play with me”, and because I’m bored I give in to television. If he played on his own more, then I could easily wait until after dinner for the television.
So the truth is, although it can make me feel hideously guilty, I actually do it for my own sanity! Which just makes me feel guilty all over again…viscous circle!