I am sure that every mother and father out there has found themselves on a Saturday morning with their eyes shut in bed, hoping that if they ignore the cries from the crib down the hall, they will go away. (Not the kid of course, just the cries for mommy and daddy!) Just one morning I would love to enjoy the ability to choose my own wake up time. We are all human, and sometimes we are just plain tired. But recently I read an article they made me think about some of my choices in my own house.
Babble.com’s blog on Shine.com posted an article about a mom who put a TV in the kids room and she is not embarrassed to say so. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/my-toddler-has-a-tv-in-his-room-and-i-m-not-sorry-2530759/
I am like most parents and turn the TV on when I need a minute or two to do normal household things like dinner, cleaning, or go to the bathroom. I also turn it on to just sit on the couch and relax and not feel like I have to be the eternal entertainer to my two boys. That being said, I do wonder about this mom’s choice to put a TV in the child’s room. We currently live in a tech-filled environment with iPads, smartphones, laptops, gaming devices, and even the Cloud! There have been numerous articles posted that couples are loosing their ability to reconnect in the bedroom because we cannot put down these devices. To introduce this issue into our children’s room is a little over the top. The author posts that she turns the TV on quietly and says good night and her son falls asleep happily in the bed while watching TV. I wonder when the child would have fallen asleep naturally if the TV had not been on? The University of MD Medical Center has information concerning good sleep hygeine and one of the most important points they make is to reserve the bed for sleep (or fun adult stuff :)) “Poor sleep habits (referred to as hygiene) are among the most common problems encountered in our society. We stay up too late and get up too early. We interrupt our sleep with drugs, chemicals and work, and we overstimulate ourselves with late-night activities such as television. ” http://www.umm.edu/sleep/sleep_hyg.htm
We live in an overstimulated world to begin with! I believe that we need to improve our choices of when and where we use all of these devices. We need to set up boundaries in our home, like no phones at the dinner table, look up from your laptop when we are talking and turn the devices off at bedtime. We are here to educate our children through word and example. They see what we are doing and are going to follow our paths…Why can’t the child read a book at bedtime? My vote is Richard Scarry at bedtime!