About a month ago we started having an issue with the tv. By that I mean the Little Jedi became obsessed with it. We’re not opposed to him watching a little bit every now and again and we’ve definitely been guilty of using it as a babysitter but when your son would wake in the morning, point towards his bedroom door and exclaim, “TV! TV!”, before saying hi to you, you know you have to start putting some rules in place. You could imagine how well this went down with a 2 year old.
Firstly, we moved the remotes out of reach so only we can turn the tv on. We tend not to turn it on in morning if we can help it. Although I’ll be honest, it’s a lot easier to change him when it’s on.
Before the tv is turned on we’ll make eye contact with him and tell him what’s going to happen…. “I need to change your nappy and get you dressed. You can watch one episode but then we’re turning it off and going to the car. Understand?” (Fortunately the kids’ shows he likes generally last 10 mins). The Little Jedi nods. We repeat what we’ve just said….”One episode and then the tv goes off ok?” We don’t leave until he says, “ok”. As soon as the credits roll we repeat ourselves again whilst turning off the tv and putting the remote away.
Sometimes the Little Jedi accepts it straight away and moves on to his toys, the tv completely forgotten. Other times he’ll thrash about, cry, lay on the floor, throw toys. Thankfully Godzilla doesn’t hang around for very long. But each time it’s the same….CONSTANT repetition, acknowledging his feelings and following through no matter what. It’s how we’ve approached most things when it comes to parenting lately and it works for us.
Now if only I can figure out how to get him to stop liking Baby Jake I’ll be ecstatic! Have you seen that show?! 😳😬😝 Blurgh!