We got a new TV.A fancy hand me down TV. Not an enourmous plasma or anything but it's pretty massive since we had no TV for about a year(just a tiny portable DVD player) and then we had a small hand me down TV which looked like the "second TV". Our last TV used to live in the cupboard and be taken out sometimes, then it moved into the spare room just for DVD's and then as I neared the end of my pregnancy it made it's way into the lounge room-plugged in to the channels and everything. Now we have a pretty large TV in the lounge room all connected to a DVD, channels and a video player.
It really is like a drug.
At first you only watch a little, then a little more and a little more and before you know it you know the names of most of the contestants on Masterchef and the kids are hanging out for 3pm so you can put ABC kids on.
I don't like it.
I get the whole idea that a little TV isn't necessarily a bad thing. I know that in this modern time where we have no "tribe" to help with the parenting that the telly sometimes fills that void and takes the place of a babysitter. But I'm not really OK with it.
It feels wrong every time I plug the kids in-no matter how much I'm dying for some space. It does, however, work and buys me some time where I can just be or feed Harper without distraction.
So what to do?? Do I just switch off or limit? Do I accept that I have adopted a TV as a member of my parenting tribe?
Something to think about...