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Mom Fail Friday: The One Where I Plop the Kids in Front of the Tube

Watching tv in Glanerbrug (Home sweet home...)
Image by Johan Koolwaaij via Flickr

I’m not feeling good about the amount of television that my two kids are watching lately. I work from home part-time as a marketing and communications consultant, and squeezing in those 20 hours sometimes puts me in a position where I am choosing to put my kids in front of the boob tube more often than I would like.

How many hours a day? Well, on heavy deadline days, usually Wednesdays and Thursdays probably three hours. Is that bad? Probably not, I mean, I’m not over-reacting here and thinking that their lives will be ruined. It just doesn’t sit well, especially for someone who used to love “Kill your Television” bumper stickers.

The main reason I am struggling with this is because part of the reason why I decided to leave my full-time job was so that I could be home with my children. I know not everyone can make that choice, and I also realize that not everyone wants to make it—but for me, it was the only choice. In my eyes, I was very lucky to be raised by a mom that was home. I always said that when I had children I would do the same.

I can see a common theme coming out of this post—that of balancing home and work life. I know I just need to find that balance, or else find other activities that will keep my little ones happy while I put together a press release or take part in a conference call or design a social media campaign. Yesterday I tried to have my girl color in my office while I was working—I got distracted and she got busy—coloring the carpet with the markers (thank goodness they were washable!)

It seems to me if I just set aside some time to come up with a better routine, there would be less t.v. But where is that time, exactly? Can you hear that sound, the big whoosh of the great time suck? The one that leaves us wishing for more hours in the day? I hear it.

So for now, I am going to need to be good with the fact that at least the television choices that I am making are good ones. (I think.) My girl watches Little Bear and Curious George, my boy watches Zula Patrol. All on Public Television. Not so bad, right? But—it wouldn’t be Mom Fail Friday if I didn’t beat myself up about it a little bit, right?

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Allison just returned from NYC where she received the Mom of the Year Award for her tireless devotion to all things motherhood. And then she woke up, realized her son was late for pre-school, her daughter hadn't had a bath in 3 days and her own eyebrows looked like they belonged on Chewbacca from Star Wars. On a day-to-day basis she juggles all the tough stuff that most Moms do, but tries to remember that at the end of the day it isn't about how perfect her life appears to be to everyone else, it's about how perfect it is for HER that counts. ShadyTree tagged this post with: , , Read 6 articles by

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  1. justheather says:

    I am frequently guilty of this as well. I console myself with the fact that there are days we don’t turn the television on at all!

    If you’re looking for alternatives, you could create a Work Day toy box – filled with things they love to play with but can only come out when Mommy is working.

    I do a lot of mobile work days. I take Lorelai somewhere she can entertain herself with free wifi for Mom. Our current favorite is Bouncer Town. Ella’s still a little young for that, I guess, but it’s something to look to later!

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