Screen time is such a hot topic. It brings on the mom guilt hard! Is my child watching too much? Are these shows educational enough to stimulate the brain? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under the age of 2 watch no TV, and children over age 2 should watch no more than 2 hours per day. Honestly, both boys were exposed to the screen long before two years of age. It’s hard to avoid since Jimmy and I both watch a lot. While most days we stick to the two hours or less a day there are other days where we need a little more and that’s okay. Everything in moderation right?
Since I stay at home with the kids, nap time is usually my only time I have a break. I use this time to relax and enjoy my alone time. I will catch up on my favorite Bravo shows, listen to a podcast, write a blog post or just browse the internet for clothes or home decor. During the day the TV is just a mere background noise while other days it’s my saving grace to a long day or time to clean the house. Depending on when James wakes up, we go downstairs and watch a show so we can both wake up. By the end of the day, mama needs a break and the boys do too so we put on a show. And that’s okay. Every family is different and everyone relaxes in their own way but throwing on the TV is one way we relax in our home.
Favorite Shows The Boys Watch
Blippi – found on YouTube, Blippi is a character dressed in blue and orange that goes on an adventure per episode. The adventures range from trains to playgrounds to trampoline parks. At each location Blippi will teach a lesson of the day whether it be learning shapes, numbers, or parts of a tractor.
Little Baby Bum – another show found on YouTube, this sensation is a compilation of nursery rhymes with bright and unique graphics. I attribute James learning most of his shapes, colors, numbers and animals from watching Baby Bum.
Dora the Explorer – An old classic. This show is not only interactive but also teaches both English and Spanish.
Thomas & Friends – James is obsessed with trains and loves watching Thomas. He has learned all the train terminology including All Aboard!
What are your children’s favorite shows to watch? Comment below!