Babies should not watch TV. Toddlers should not play on electronics.
I read those things online either before Knox & Sloane were born or when they were quite young. I first read the those sentences from one person, probably a mom. I read them and thought, well I won’t let my children do those things if they aren’t supposed to.
I may or may not have read more in-depth details on those above statements, but what stuck with me are those “should not” words. Those matter-of-fact words that could have had no factual evidence for all I truly knew when I made decisions based on them.
The hard part is I know there have been studies done. There have been quite a few studies done. I’m sure some of them concluded the same things and I’m sure some of them concluded varying information. From what I’ve concluded, studies can come out year-to-year saying completely opposing things..
If you look at the American Academy of Pediatrics online, their articles even vary as to what studies regarding television say. And the thing is, all studies take into account different things and different children.
However, common sense tells me not to let my baby sit in front of the TV all day long. It tells me not to hand over the iPad to my toddler when they wake in the morning and ask for it back before they go to bed 12 hours later. I’m not going to let Knox & Sloane watch anything that isn’t appropriate for their age.
Knox & Sloane started watching a bit more TV when they were about two years old. They did watch a small amount a few months leading up two turning two. We loved to see them wiggle with the Wiggles as they were learning to walk. They started playing on the iPad when they were about two and a half. When I say those ages, they do seem so young, but to know them now, as small little people, they aren’t. Who they are at almost three years old has made me re-think the decisions I made based on what other people have said online.
They have learned from the TV and the iPad. They’ve not become addicted to either nor do they expect either. We have one iPad that they share and they both like the same shows on TV. If we say no to either, it seems to make no difference to them. As for learning, they’ve learned things that I couldn’t have taught them. And I’m not saying I don’t teach them things and work with them on things, but those might be different things and/or different ways of learning. We will do all of our shape puzzles and twenty minutes later, they will do their shapes game on the iPad. There have been quite a few times when I’m cooking dinner and will drop what I’m doing to record them across the room, playing on the iPad, because they get so tickled when they accomplish what they’re doing.
My brother’s fiance gave Sloane a pretty little calculator that she had in her purse and Sloane carried that thing around for weeks pushing the numbers and saying them out loud.
Young children absorb so much and if the proper things are put forth for them to absorb, but not overwhelm them, then I “do not”…..not “should not” ….see anything wrong that.
I’ve learned a lot over the past three years. One being all children really are different. I can’t tell you things your children should or shouldn’t do. I can’t take in all information, believe it to be accurate, and apply it to my children.
Though, don’t get me wrong, I’ll totally tell you to watch out for those darn little button batteries in toys and other items because they are DANGEROUS (see here). But you know what I mean 🙂 As for so many things, trust your mommy instinct!
Now, tell me your fav educational apps! I’m always looking! Also, I LOVE the video below, but the volume is muffled. I feel like most of the audio on my videos have been lately. I don’t have a case on right now. Any insight how to fix?