I am sure I am not the only parent to occasionally use TV as a babysitter, I don’t do it often, but it can be useful to sit Sammy infront of if I have to go and change Tim and he needs occupying, but most of the time he will happily play on his own for the few minutes that I am gone.
However this last few weeks we have been having some work done on our heating system, so at various times we have had different bits of the house out of operation, on one occasion the space in the lounge was restricted while someone was working on the radiator in Sammy’s bedroom and someone else was plastering in the dining room. This has meant that over the last few weeks a lot more TV viewing has gone on that normal, as sometimes it is just easier to try and keep little people happy while there is soo much going on around them.
I’ve never been keen on the idea of children spending hours watching TV, mostly because I think there are lots of other things they should be doing, they can learn so much from playing, and it is fun to be able to play with them. But that is another post altogether.
But if my children ‘need’ for some reason to spend longer periods of time than normal in front of the television, I thought that CBeeBies seemed a good channel for them to watch, at least it is more educational than some other channels that are just bright flashing colours with lots of noise and very little educational content.
I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with CBeeBies, far from it, but when they have been spending a while watching something you start to notice the things that they are picking up from it.
The most annoying has got to be the singing, he is very quick to pick up a song, this afternoons song has been from Justin’s house, which led to disagreements about the words as he was word perfect, until the last line which he has decided is
it’s Justin’s FACE!
So what habits have I noticed?
this is just a few and here is the challenge, see if you can workout what he has been watching to cause these actions
- thinking that he can climb into an upside down umbrella and float away
- being very good at washing his hands before cooking, never forget your apron either!
- playing ‘peepo’ very loudly where ever we go, and shouting ‘where’s Tom?’
- thinking that he is capable of watering the garden and pulling weeds all by himself
I am pleased to say that most of the habits fall in the category of nothing to worry about, although we went through a phase of him running into the house shouting
look Mummy, very small apple
it’s taken a lot of explaining for him to finally understand if he brings us all the ‘very small apples’ there will never be any big ones!