That’s it. I’m officially over worrying about the amount of screen time my kids get! No I’m not. I’m not at all. I’ll obsess over it again. Why are we made to think screen time is so bad for kids? Those experts can be pesky little buggers. I know I need to get over this. My kids are ridiculously active (more on that in a later post.) Come 4:30pm they need down time and so do I. But whenever I turn the TV on I feel like I’m doing something wrong. One of my favorite Mommy Bloggers, Mommy Shorts (If you’re not reading her you should…but hey don’t ever leave me, K?) snapped a picture of her kid on Instagram with an iPad saying “…Honestly I don’t know how people parent without television…” And she’s so right. How do you cook dinner? How do you get dressed in the morning? How do you catch an hour break from the constant motion?
Growing up I never had negative feelings about the TV. My mom put my sister and I in front of it while she cooked dinner and I remember practically nothing about what we watched. Want to know what I do remember? I remember loving the time I got to be close to the girl I looked up to. I remember the comfort of our couch after a long hard day of playing. I remember the bonding laughs we would share at whatever amazing 80’s show was on at the time (How RUDE).
Now when I see my kids sitting together on the couch resting after a long day of playing (or fighting) and when I witness my husband and son cuddled up watching the Red Sox, I’m going to remind myself that down time is okay. And that bonding can happen when you least expect it.
Maybe that will help me feel less guilty…at least for an hour.