In non-mom words: Come At Me, Bro. My toddler watches TV and there's nothing you can do to change it (unless you want to be my free nanny). Maybe I'm feeling particularly edgy about this admission because it's a compromise I've made in my favor. Almost every decision I make as a mother benefits my child first and foremost. At some point, a person has to put herself first so that she can then turn around and put everyone else first again.
I've decided this one is for me. Yes, I've watched every episode of Real Housewives of Orange County. But my kid would rather bring me a book to read than watch even a whole episode of Mister Rogers. For now, at least, he isn't being sucked into it like his Netflix-binging mom. While he plays with his Retro Rocket Scooter around me, I half-watch seasons of Jane the Virgin. (And Vicki totally knew Brooks was faking cancer, by the way. Also Jane the Virgin is incredibly well-written.)
So far, Shep hasn't shown any signs of mental decay from watching TV with his parents. We’ve decided we’ll keep him even if he decides to DVR Everybody Loves Raymond when he's old enough. On a real note, though: I’m telling you this because I want you to know that it's okay to be an imperfect parent. Again, I know all the reasons screentime is bad for children. And I still let my kid watch TV. You don't need to contort yourself into an unnatural shape in an attempt to please everyone.
Give yourself permission to stop trying to do that.
Give your kid a microwaved hot dog.
Let them eat it while they watch anything but Caillou.
What would you rather do than watch another episode of Caillou? Do your kids have favorite shows? What's your guilty indulgence as an imperfect parent? Tweet to me and let me know! @pi3sugarpi3
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