TV is my best friend #badmumsclub

I am quite a TV addict if you happen to look at my twitter timeline. I love nothing more than cracking open a boxset on Netflix or watching and commenting my way through my favourite programs – Eastenders, Holby City and In The Night Garden.

It gives me peace, quiet and the opportunity to have a wee in peace.

I really tried to be one of those people who don’t use the TV as a babysitter, but that lasted about a day. I really don’t think a bit of TV is that bad. Sometimes you just have to do what you need to do to get through the day, and some days are TV days.

The TV is a portal to a world of sing-songy voices, happy smiley people, and subliminal messages which captivate children and means they stay still or at least don’t cry every time you leave the room.

This week, we moved house, and this weekend was the first one we had in our new home.

Sorting out the TV and plugging my best friend into its lovely aerial, we switched on and I waited for the magic to start.

Nothing.

We didn’t have an aerial in the attic. Sort of need one to get a picture usually.

PANIC.

No cbeebies! No Eastenders!

My Dad was swiftly called upon to come and sort out an aerial, and in fact help me buy one. This was a priority of grand proportions.

Whilst I waited for my Dad to sort the aerial out, I had an idea. Broadband! Ha! However for some reason it was only functioning at 15 thingamajigs and it kept freezing on the ipad. My back up was a dud.

What the hell was I going to do now? I was stuck in a half unpacked house with no TV for 12 hours whilst my partner was at work and my Dad was in my attic.

The silence was noticeable. Bubs kept looking at the screen and pointing. “No TV” I would say, trying to keep cheerful.

We played. We read books, we sang songs. We went up and down the stairs. We danced in the kitchen. We ate lunch, and had drinks. We ate biscuits. We tidied up toys and threw them out of the toy box again. We built towers and walls of Megabloks. We sang some more. We danced some more. We went to the toilet together; we shared my Tea, my lunch, my biscuits.

I loved this time with her, don’t get me wrong, and I do play with her like this when we usually have TV. But not normally for 4 hours straight. I’ll admit it; I was flagging. I was missing my friend, my friend who meant I could lie on the sofa just for a few minutes, and drink a drink to myself without any baby washback.

Eventually, I had a brainwave.

I wasn’t too sure if I should really do it. It was an ingenious and yet stupid thing to do all at once.

I found a DVD I had bought months and months ago. A DVD I kept for emergencies just like this. But once it was on, there was no going back.

Five minutes later, Bubs was mesmerised by the screen. A pink, snorting piggy was mesmerising her, and she was loving it.

Yes, I introduced her to Peppa Pig. All 11 episodes on the DVD.

But my cup of tea was lovely.

 
I am linking this post up with the Bad Mums Club hosted this month by Alison over at Not Another Mummy Blog

49 thoughts on “TV is my best friend #badmumsclub

    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      Thank God for that, how did you cope? She’s been watching it since she was 4 months old haha not just cbeebies but we watched the whole of breaking bad together through feeds….

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  1. Michelle

    Tv is great for mums who just need a break from the day! I have no shame in admitting plonking my boy down in front of it when he was little to watch Tweenies or Teletubbies! He’s 15 now and I think he’s turned out okay!

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    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      This is so true. It’s just those moments where you need to cook dinner or have a wee or eat a chocolate bar in a cupboard where it’s so useful x

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  2. Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins

    The tv is always on even if it is only on for some back ground noise. TV does make us mums lives a lot easier! Our best friend at the moment is Disney Sheriff Callie, it is thanks to Sheriff Callie that I can get dressed in the morning in peace and get tea cooked x #blogclub

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    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      Ooh yes making dinner and cbeebies go hand in hand or else it’s just sandwiches! We all need something to keep them occupied for those essential moments x

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    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      Oh yes I love my 10 minutes of calm! It’s just nice to have it there to help pass the day. All in moderation is my motto, when you’re stuck in the house it’s a nightmare but I am glad I had that DVD to save the day haha x

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  3. Becky

    All hail the TV! My two are 3 and nearly 2, and the 3 year old has been whinging all day. I’ve ‘caved’ to Peppa as I was about to lose the plot. I think he’s tired after a busy term at preschool and a hectic weekend and just needs to unwind, I guess like we do. We do a lot with them, reading, crafts etc so I try not to feel bad. I watched a shitload of TV as a kid, and I think i’m ok! Peppa might be toddler crack, but they’ll be fine!

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    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      I was quite enjoying it myself! Haha that’s when you know you’re cracking up, when you start to watch and enjoy it too! It was a loooong day indeed! x

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  4. Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

    I have NO idea how Mums who don’t let their kids watch tv sustain the energy to entertain the little darlings. I had a similar time to you, when we had a loft conversion and the tv stopped working. Austin became addicted to cbeebies games instead! Oh, the guilt…..

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    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      I know! I love spending quality time with her but there are just times when you need that break or ability to get on with things. Harrah for cbeebies!

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  5. jenny

    I love this post. As much as I didn’t with my first who didn’t watch a single tv until he was well over a year old I have had it on nonstop since MM has arrived. Two under two it’s great entertainment. Sadly he can name all too many characters on all the disney cartoon shows. Oh well never did me and my siblings any harm. And I cant ever remember our tv being off.

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    1. Emily Tealady Post author

      Exactly! I used to watch tv in the mornings whilst my mum had a break. She’s learning all sorts from cbeebies. I think a healthy balance of everything is fine! Oh and for rainy days and when you need a cuppa x

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  6. Jess Paterson

    Brilliant post! Impressive time-filling skills. You will look back on that Peppa DVD so fondly now. We went through a phase of only watching DVDs – it was the only way of making sure I woke up from slumping behind them on the sofa, cos they had to yell at me to put the thing on again. Now they know how to work IPlayer I may as well retire.x

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  7. Rollercoaster Mum

    Brilliant! If letting your kids watch (too much) TV makes you a member I am definitely in the #badmumsclub – lets face it who isn’t? (And if they say they don’t bet they’re lying!) My two are now old enough to work everything themselves including iPlayer. If it wasn’t for TV we wouldn’t get a lie in at weekends and I was that bad mum that actually taught a 3yo how to use the remote to turn on cbeebies so she would give me and new baby sister a break in the mornings and not come to wake me at 6am – it has stuck and now they both turn straight to the telly on a weekend rather than mum and dad!!

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  8. Laura @ Kneadwhine

    Ugh, Peppa Pig! I have avoided that one entirely so far – for some reason I have an irrational dislike of it!

    CBeebies was my saviour when I was in the first trimester – there were a couple of days with extensive watching!

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  9. Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick

    My kids can go days without wanting to watch Tv sometimes and it drives me mad.. I just want 5 minutes to sit down in silence – well, apart from the pink snorting piggy. She can make a noise. I do love the pink snorting piggy when I am enjoying a hot coffee 😉

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  10. Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown)

    Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeppa pig *oink oink*

    TV in moderation is great in my opinion – although some is not to my taste. Our TV went out recently after a storm, and it was my fiance more than the kids who was desperate to get the signal back 🙂

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  11. Helen @ Peakle Pie

    Yes we have Peppa in this house…on DVD, on Milkshake in the morning and we have just got a TV box so it is PP on demand. There are days when we just put music on and turn the TV off. There are days when we just snuggle. There are days when we go out and jump in muddy puddles. I quite like being compare to Mummy Pig as well! #blogclub

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  12. Mum Bear

    Yep good old Peppa! I’m also the master of getting home from work while hubby’s working lates, sorting tea in between starting yet another episode of Time for School/Topsy and Tim/Dinopaws… While the spag bol’s on… I’m certain I’m not the only master of this type of multi-tasking which is on a totally new level to Before Child!

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  13. Steph

    It is SO very essential! Especially for rainy and ill days. My older wiser sister said to me when my kids were young ‘Cbeebies is your friend’. Bang on! #PoCoLo

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  14. Mummy Tries

    Good ole Peppa, she often came to my rescue but my eldest declared a while back (after four years) that it gives her a headache. Now she knows how I’ve felt all this time 😉 Hope you’re all unpacked and settled into your new home now xx #PoCoLo

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  15. Studio Kaufmann

    Here here! Nowt wrong with a bit of tv for the little one while you get your head together. I’ve never really understood those parents who watch really annoying shows like Dora the Explorer with their kids to share the experience. That’s sheer hell #PoCoLo

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  16. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    I don’t think there is anything wrong AT ALL with TV for kids. Grace watches it in moderation and when I lived on my own with her, it was my godsend, it was the other parent!! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo (hope you are enjoying your new home xx) x

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