Any parent living in a first world country knows that they are not supposed to rely on screen time “too much.” And many parents seem to express guilt or defensiveness when talking about how much screen time their kids have.
I am going to come clean. I have a three year old, and I love screen time.
Because I am naturally introverted, and I don’t enjoy verbally narrating myself all day long.
And yet, thanks to screen time, my kid knew 150 signs before he was able to talk (I highly recommend Signing Time by Rachel Coleman).
And now that he talks, he has a huge vocabulary. He just asked me to help him loosen the cap on a drink bottle. “Once you free it, I can open it!”
He knows a lot of things thanks to TV. Things I would not teach him, because 1. I don’t have a full paid staff to do other things for my household. And 2. As an introvert, I find it exhausting to talk all day long. And everyone knows that “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
Don’t get me wrong, I teach him plenty of things. We read books every day and he has plenty of outdoor time and social time.
But as an introvert mom, I gotta say….I am grateful for screen time. For a few minutes out of the day, my kid learns from someone else.
And that is a beautiful thing.
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