This happened tonight.
I let Karlyn watch some of her "shows" while I was cooking dinner. I just kept making different things so it took a while. She ate, and then I decided we needed to shut off the TV for a while. I told her to get some books, puzzles, or play with her toys while I cleaned up. She played with the Swiffer Mop and a paper towel for a while and then, markers! That's her new thing...so I suggested it. I got her all set up only to look down after a few minutes and see her free-styling black marker all across my kitchen floor...
Luckily, a wet washcloth took it right off and no permanent damage was done. I then in a defeated voice said:
"OK, let's go watch your show."
It's just so much easier sometimes to let her watch TV because I know she's still and contained and quiet. BUT, it's gotten to be too much and I know I need to start setting limits. We do things together too but I also have to get stuff done around the house that she can't necessarily help with yet. I just need to get creative and be more firm about less TV. She really does love it. Caillou, Backyardigans, Team Umizoomi.
I really wish at times she had a sibling to play with but since that hasn't happened yet, it is what it is! Any other moms struggle with TV time? I think it's just a pattern we've fallen into.