Sunday, 1 June 2014

Why my kids don't watch tv...

We have Sky & don't plan to get rid of it any time soon (bearing in mind we live in a foreign country & don't speak the languages fluently!) & I never thought it would be such a good tool when we got it, when we had kids in the future! I go through & record & series link a few programmes that I deem suitable. I'm sure this won't last forever when f hears of programmes at school but for now it works.
When she was small I did leave the tv on but at some point I heard the concept of not letting her watch & realised I was relying on tv so tried not to. I also met more friends & was able to do more activities & play dates... 

Why I don't let F watch lots of tv...
Thennnn one day I put the tv on all day- I think I wasn't feeling well - and she mucked about all day, didn't do as asked and generally misbehaved. So from then I decided she wouldn't watch tv regularly if I could help it. 

Whilst it's a conscious decision on my behalf, I don't think she's aware of that and even I don't think is aware she doesn't watch tv & maybe her friends do...

So how often does she watch tv?
Well, at weekends R and I take it in turns to have a 'lay in' and the 1 who gets up now just puts the tv on. It ended up this way, I think r started it. It works for us... She also watches an extra episode on a Monday night whilst r cuts her nails, after z has gone to bed & mummy to Krav Maga... A friend recommended this so we could cut her nails...

What does she watch?
At the moment:
Curious George - I can't remember why, but she loves this programme!
Dora the Explorer - she learns Spanish/Portuguese which in a multi cultural country & with a little girl living upstairs who looks like Dora & is Spanish, this is important. There's a large Portuguese community here & my parents (& subsequently us) are in Spain a lot so it's useful...
Doc McStuffins - INCREDIBLY politically correct & I love the message behind it! (A black family, stay at home Dad, Doctor mother, older sister & younger brother. 'Doc' is the older sister who fixes toys.)
Added recently - 
Mr Tumble - someone mentioned it's good if your child doesn't meet children that are 'different' regularly & I also want her to learn sign language a bit... She happens to love it! 
Guess How Much I Love You - just a lovely sweet programme...

When she was a baby we recorded Baby/Little Einsteins but I can't find it now.

What I don't record & why...
I deliberately don't record Peppa Pig because a friend pointed out they're mean to Daddy Pig in it. And R is a particularly awesome Daddy so I don't feel the need for my children to be told Daddy's aren't awesome. Also the same friend explained that most kids programmes are done to encourage kids to ask for certain things, which immediately put me off...

Then recently a friend mentioned she was fed up of Peppa Pig on loop on it's own channel. Well I had no such worries because I fast forward through the adverts so it's not an issue! F isn't aware that there is such a thing as Peppa Pig world in the UK so we may or may not take her one day but I'm quite happy she doesn't pester me for stuff... I don't ban her from Peppa Pig stuff, she's just oblivious to what it is, to her it's just a piggy 'oink'... 

She does like things like Hello Kitty (which I have a fight over with myself since we have a cat & I love Hello Kitty but don't like the concept) & has got into 'princesses' lately but not because of tv...

Andddd yes I have noticed she's probably not as well behaved at the weekend after a lot of tv as during the week but we can take that. Andddd lately yes she has started to ask to watch things she sees adverts for so I don't know how much longer life as we know it will last, especially with f starting precoce (preschool). But I'm happy for now...

PS.
What I forgot to say on this earlier is I don't judge or care what others do. I choose because I can, though it's hard some days. I haven't always made this choice & when z was born I relaxed it for a while and it was hard reinforcing it again. But I notice the difference immediately, was never really allowed tv when I was little & there's enough proven studies to suggest toys & imagination are much better for my children that I can manage without tv to entertain my kids mostly. 

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