I was reading through my green book the other day (the green book that the health visiting team give you in the hope that you won’t ever need to phone them) that children under the age of two shouldn’t watch ANY telly. I have never and would never stick Iyla in front of the telly all day but I think to ban it altogether seems a little extreme.
Iyla is nearly 11 months old and has just started showing an interest in the telly which I have to admit pleased me a bit (okay a lot). I was starting to struggle to find ways to entertain her, I am with her for 13 hours everyday and I see telly as a little helper. It’s a difficult age because other than singing and Megablok building (I build them and she takes them apart), I am stuck for things to do. I am looking forward to when she is a bit older and we can do proper activities like cooking, drawing and painting but even then I am not going to spend all day doing those things so I know that I will still be putting the telly on sometimes.
Our morning ritual currently involves coming downstairs at 6am and putting The Hoobs on so Iyla can watch it while I go and eat my breakfast. The Milkshake presenters have far more energy then I ever could at that time in the morning so I leave it to them to entertain Iyla for a bit. Lazy parenting?! Maybe but anyone who can spend 13 hours entertaining a baby without any form of help deserves a medal.
I found an article about how the reason under twos shouldn’t watch telly is because it will make them ‘fatter, stupider and more likely to get bullied by other pupils’ which I just find slightly ridiculous. I mean watching telly can’t make them fatter – surely it’s about the amount of exercise they do outside of telly watching and how good their diet is?!
I think it’s about balance and I am not going to ban telly altogether until the age of two because I trust my judgement enough to know that it’s not going to make Iyla ‘fat and stupid’. I will always regulate what she watches and at the moment she only pays attention to it for a few minutes at a time anyway but I enjoyed watching programmes such as Noddy and Winnie the Pooh when I was little so I don’t see any harm in letting her watch them too.
Something I would like to know though is why they feel the need to change all the original kids programmes. Apparently Postman Pat has a helicopter now – why?! Real postmen don’t have helicopters, although I wish they did – it might mean I get my post before 1.30pm.
And just look what they have done to the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune. I challenge anyone to watch it and not have it stuck in their heads for days on end – or FOREVER.
Before I let you enjoy this song, do your kids watch telly? If so, what are their ages and how much do they watch?