I've always been okay with a little screen time. Sorry. Mama Bear needs to get some things done too. I started off so well. At first it was a single episode of commercial free Blue's Clues, approximately 20 minutes, on Netflix. This worked out great. Until it became two episodes. And for a long time we never did more than that
Then Baby Bear started to speak. She could DEMAND Blue's Clues. We were so dang excited to know what it was she wanted, we'd put it on for her a couple to a few times a day. Then Netflix cancelled Blue's Clues. This should have been the cut off. The obvious time to change our ways. It wasn't.
Every morning I'd flip through the preschooler options on Netflix. Too advanced. Too simple. Too flashy. Too annoying. Then I figured out we had a whole broadcast channel (we don't have cable!) dedicated to PBS Kids. I rather dislike most of the shows. But Baby Bear quickly found her new obsession. Curious George. One of my least favorites. Nothing says "quality children's programming" quite like a trouble-making chimpanzee (incorrectly labeled a "monkey") who gets away with everything.
"It's okay that you bought 1000 dozen donuts, flooded the condo basement and committed mail theft, George."
I know. I'm the adult. This is 100% in my control. But we've been doing it so long now, it's a habit. A bad, bad habit.
So last week I cracked down. TV at breakfast. A little Kindle time when Daddy Bear gets home. No more. That's it. It's gone REALLY well. In fact, I can usually bribe her with a book or interesting toy when she starts crying about turning of the TV. Yesterday she spent an hour playing in her bedroom with Mega Blocks. It was amazing!
But now I have NO idea what I'm going to do this week. Why did I start this now?! I have a TON of school work to catch up on and it's due in a week! I have a baby on the way in two weeks! It has to get done! All I know...there is NO going back. I think I'd rather get a lower grade than ever let my Baby Bear watch endless hours of crappy TV shows ever again.