We’ve been struggling in the mornings for quite some time now. The kids want TV as soon as they have had breakfast and I believe that the TV first thing in the morning makes my kiddies grumpy, not to mention the fact that if they watch TV on the mornings we need to go somewhere we are always late. They generally whinge and whine when I say no and lately I have been giving in, BIG TIME. This usually results in grumpy kids AND a grumpy mum.
I also put it down to having no routine. I like to wake and get ready before the kids get up (which hasn’t been happening of late). So this morning I decided to do just that. I woke at 5.30am, this is quite easy for me as I prefer mornings and I also have a husband that milks at the crack of dawn, so his alarm wakes me anyway. I did my exercises and had a shower by 6.45, opened the house up and set up breakie on the bench. I then decided to get play-dough set up on the table so there would be something to divert the kids attention. It was a hit!
After we were dressed and ready for our day we got to work on our creations. I sat down too and created for a bit, getting up to sweep and do dishes in between my modelling. The kids played happily for an hour and were quite easy to get out the door by 10am to run some errands.
We even picked up a DVD from the local library to watch this afternoon.
I plan to set up an activity such as puzzles, play-dough, paint or drawings each morning to keep the kids entertained and their minds off the TV. Hopefully I can keep this up!!
As a mother, I do struggle with the question I am about to ask you. I would love to hear your thoughts.
How much TV a day do you think is too much?