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I'm Grateful I tried

This week I am really grateful I pushed on through with something I have been meaning to do for a while... lets just say Em you are on to something.. I have stuck to a no TV between 9am-4pm rule in my house. 

The first couple of days sucked as they nagged me non stop "Mummy can I have my TV on please"..polite but repetitious and arghh annoying. They nearly broke me but I gave pretend games to do in the garden, did some trampoline bouncing, made lots of train tracks and by day 1.5 they were actually running around making their own games. Excessively messy and some mildly dangerous idiotic ones but whatever the case they are learning to play like I did as a kid... outside, on their won, unassisted (sort of) and the way kids should!!... 

Thanks Em I am grateful you made me realise I needed to make the effort...my old way was easier but I like this one so much more. I have kids that are playing together and cream crackered at the end of the day xx


12 comments

  1. Agree. It is an effort, but a worthwhile one. We generally only have TV for 1/2 an hour during the day the rest is for playing, walking, resting, riding, painting, and whatever else we have to fit in!

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  2. WOW! What a massive thing that would be.
    I love week days where in my house there is no tv from 8am til 3.10pm....

    Yes you tried and you did well!!

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  3. Good for you! Worn out toddlers are so much better than mind-numbed toddlers :)

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  4. great post, my girls don't watch much tv but I'm trying to cut my husband and my tv time, and its not easy. Natasha x

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  5. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to discover your lovely space :)

    ...our T.V packed it in about three months ago... and I was initially really wanting to get a replacement, but we couldn't really afford it... and now I'm not even bothered at all. Blessing in disguise if you ask me! x

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  6. You are soooo right (and so is Em). It's hard at first, but if they just expect the TV not to be on, then they just go and play. Like we did.

    Bliss! And I love that the minute their heads hit the pillow... sleep.

    Thanks so much for linking up today (and for reminding me to keep the TV off too!)

    xx

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  7. Oh yes, I work full time as a nanny and take my almost 2yo with me. You know, it would be easy to put the television on for part of the time, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Half the time when I plan experiences and craft, the two toddlers are happy just to play with each other and don't even seem to realise I'm there! When you let their imaginations go, there's really no stopping them!

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  8. less tv equals a happier home in my experience. It really is all too easy to switch it on but I get mother-guilt every time. We stick to a pretty strict tv-time here and it works wonders.

    I must say..thank you for all your sweet comments. I'm just getting back into the blogging & commenting groove so apologies for my absence x

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  9. Ok now I feel like a really crap mother because I have to admit it suits me as much as it does them to have the TV on CBeebies for a few hours+. I'll take up the challenge this week, God knows it will be a battle of gargantuan proportions.

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  10. Big, huge YAY for you!! If it helps, our tv 'breaks'on sunny days. Something about the sun hitting the aerial and burning off the shows... x

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  11. Well done ... seems to make things a bit quieter and calmer without the tv on .. lot easier in the summertime though isn't it?! xxx

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  12. I love this post and your whole blog and I'm sorry I've never spoken up and commented before! So shameful....
    I know exactly what you mean about 'tv and kids'. We're super strict although when I have a lot of orders due I am much more likely to allow a little more. The good part is, is once you establish the rules and are consistent they can always find something else to do. The bad part is when they get older (my son is almost 9) it becomes less about tv and more about the computer/ipod etc.
    Seriously, it's one thing after another with these darn kids!! xx

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