Meal Time VS Screen Time
IS YOUR TV YOUR BABYSITTER?
Yes,as a mom of a 6 year old hyperactive,full of energy boy I am guilty of the above. MEALS and the TV, IPAD or CELL PHONE went hand in hand. We finished our meals in 10-15mins in front of the TV. I could give him crushed stones to eat and he wouldn’t bat an eyelid because his focus was the TV. He had no relationship with his meals! I fed him in front of the TV before he got hungry at set intervals. I was a Happy Mommy as my kid was not fussy about food. I was living in a BUBBLE.
Then started full day schoo and the lunch box came back uneaten. My little, happy boy was now a whiny, cranky kid because he was hungry and because MOM HAD NOT TAUGHT HIM TO EAT HIS MEALS! HE DID NOT KNOW HE WAS HUNGRY! HE HAD NO RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FOOD! DID NOT KNOW HIS FOOD!
I DECIDED TO UNDO MY DOINGS. YES, there was a lot of resistance and melt downs but I held on to my sanity and patience because I wanted “My Little Happy Boy Back.”
I became his “MEDIA MENTOR” and we both learnt to use the digital media to create games, connect,learn and enjoy all the cartoons.
Yes, Screen Time is still there because in a world surrounded by digital media, avoiding screen time is difficult. Meal Time & Media Time are now separately handled. My Little Happy Boy is back! As parents let’s try to find good in every aspect of growing up with our kids as life teaches at every age. So Yes We Do Enjoy Our Screen Time.