So after reading this, I’m a bit uncomfortable about all the times that I left Baby in front of TV on her rocker so I could do the dishes/make dinner/make phone calls/check mail.
I know for a fact that Baby get mesmerised by the television. She won’t move her arms and legs, look around her or attempt to roll over when she has her eyes on the TV. That in itself should be proof that watching TV, while really young, can stunt development.
But where do you draw the line. There are so many ‘don’ts’ for parents, when can you say Yes and Not Feel Guilty. Someone should write a book called Guilt and Parenting. I mean every parent, if pushed, will say that they have done the ‘don’ts’ that society or institutions have advised.
For example, leaving a child alone in a car while rushing out to get something. I have not done that yet but at four-months, I have already contemplated it. With just one child, I have been thinking about it. What if there were two and my partner was not readily available to watch Baby or Babies for that short span of time it takes to jump of the car to get milk or bread.
Another example would be leaving children unattended. It does not take long for children to get up to mischief. You can watch them all day like a hawk and it will be when you turn around to sneeze that they get upto something.
So, while I know that television is back for Baby and while I will try my best to find other ways of distracting her, I’m afriad I will be falling back on television to be that babysitter.
The one I don’t have to plan ahead for.
The one I don’t have to pay.
The one that keeps Baby quiet.