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Friday Frustrations: Television as a Nanny?

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Last week, I decided to join Maria of Conversations with Moms in her Friday Frustrations meme.

The one constant source of stress for me is the television. I know. I know. I have conceded several times in the past how videos have supplemented my son’s love for dancing and singing. I love watching him so happy while watching his favorite videos. But too much TV stresses me out. It makes me feel incapable!

But what do I do? My part-time helper comes over only once a week. The rest of the days, I need to cook and clean and do all the other stuffs I need to do. Living and letting my son go around a disorderly house is out of the question. That leaves a lot of time for my son to demand to watch TV. Sometimes I give in because I can’t be nagging him all the time about TV, can I?  Sometimes, I don’t. That’s where the inconsistency lies… and that’s where the confusion of my Little Dynamo begins.

Watching television or videos in moderation, that I approve of. But my definition of moderation is much less than the time I need for cooking, washing, cleaning, etc. I feel so sorry for my son, too, who would call out to me to cuddle with him while watching his favorite videos. I am oftentimes overwhelmed with guilt when I allow the television to babysit for my son.

And my husband’s definition of relaxation is watching television. Argghhh! I love it when my husband is around. I feel that we can do more as a family… and watching TV is not one of them. I especially hate it whenever my son asks something or perform for my husband but he fails to notice… because he is engrossed by his television-watching. Arghhhh!

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4 thoughts on “Friday Frustrations: Television as a Nanny?

  1. I agree. I HATE when E watches more than 30 minutes of TV a day but sometimes it just cannot be helped. I try my hardest to keep her occupied at the kitchen table with some markers or crayons while I cook dinner and I try to clean while she is taking her nap. But if I don’t get it all done I do need to turn a movie on and it makes me feel awful.

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  2. Hmm… I’ve realized that we were still lucky back then. Our friends used to come over when we were kids and we had played all sorts of games like “bahay-bahayan,” “lutulutuan,” climbing trees, etc. We’ve also spent our time watching TV but we were more preoccupied counting the hours to go out and play.

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