Lots of things come under the heading of Mummy Guilt. If you’ve got a spare couple of hours I could no doubt come up with a list well into the hundreds if not thousands.
But this Mummy is feeling the mummy guilt of the old TV. You see up until a couple of weeks ago Miss Sophie didn’t give two hoots about watching TV. Sometimes I’d have ABC Kids on and she’d stop and watch the opening songs of shows then once the music stopped she’d be on her merry way pottering around the house.
Then one afternoon I flicked the tele on and up popped Hi 5. Sophie was mesmermised. Totally transfixed. Ok, I thought, this could come in handy. You know when you just need 10 minutes to do something, like have a shower, without an 18 month stuck to your leg.
Then all of a sudden Sophie became obsessed. Yep OBSESSED with Hi 5. I’d go in to her room of a morning and this is what I’d be greeted with “Hi Mum, Jack Jack, Hi 5″!
Then there were no Hi Mums, just Hi 5, oh and Jack the dog still got a mention. And the sheer enjoyment on her little chubby face when that music starts and her little hand does hi fives in the air and she starts singing along, hi hi hi hi hi, seriously makes me smile!
I’m really conscious of how obsessed Sophie has become with Hi 5 yet I still find myself putting on the DVD so I can get things done around the house. Hence the Mummy Guilt. Before I had kids I was never one to sprout that my kids would never watch TV. But I always hoped I’d have a happy medium.
Thankfully when I check on Soph in her playroom she’s often just pottering around playing with toys or looking at her books, so I think she just likes having the music on.
So the other day I bought a CD player and some Hi 5 music CDs to try and break the DVD obsession! It’s helped a bit, but she asked for it to be put on the TV.
Then yesterday a friend commented that a husband of a friend of her’s is a paediatrician, and apparently TV isn’t that bad after all for kids. You know as long as they’re watching something like Hi 5 and not the movie Fightclub.
How much TV do you let your kids watch? Do they have a favourite show they always ask for?