Toddler TV watching isn’t so bad, and what we watch at home

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Netflix and Chill. Digital downloads. TV’s in every room of the house. Series binge watching.

We’re a generation of TV lovers, with so much choice at our finger tips. We’re the technology age, with the internet allowing us to view almost anything we want. Our kids are learning to use Ipads before pens!

And I think it’s OK to a certain extent.

Sure my kids don’t use an ipad, and Henry definitely knows how to use a pen, thankfully. And luckily he’s really into books as well.

But he’s also big on TV and I’m totally OK with that too.

Maybe it’s lazy parenting, but I also think there’s an education there too.

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I’m OK with the TV being on all day whilst we’re at home. Often Henry isn’t even looking at the screen, concentrating more on his tractors and dinosaurs, or wandering off to the playroom and garden. But I think toddler TV does have its place in the home. But it’s about what you show your children. That’s what makes it educational or helpful to their development.

We don’t watch many “traditional” kids shows. There’s definitely no Peppa Pig, rarely any Paw Patrol, and honestly I don’t even know what else is popular with toddlers and pre-schoolers these days because we just don’t put them on. It’s probably mostly selfish but I just can’t stand most kids TV programmes. The only ones we really watch is the How to Train Your Dragon series, or Spirit, both of which are on Netflix.

Henry mostly watches a lot of movies, like Disney – particular favourites include Tangled, Zootopia and The Lion King – as well as pretty much any animal cartoon movie. His knowledge of animals is pretty amazing from watching these films, and his imaginary play is also really developed because of this too.

But for the most part we watch films with real people in. He’s a huge fan of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast, even learning some of the spells. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard as when he started waving a stick in the air shouting “ridiculus” unprompted. He also adores Jurassic World (don’t judge, he loves it and asks to watch it on repeat so it’s obviously not traumatising him) and many of the Marvel films, although these less so, most likely because of the lack of animals I presume.

Lastly we watch a lot of documentaries. One of Dann and mine’s proudest moments was when he first recognised David Attenborough. Again, we focus heavily on animal documentaries, and if we can find a farm series, then even better.

The thing with the programmes and films that Henry predominantly watches is that they all use proper language, and Henry’s speech is really good. He’s a proper little chatterbox. And it’s helped him with his playing, especially, as I said before, his imaginary play. He’s a pretty independent kid so is quite happy to play by himself as well as others.

Plus a bit of toddler TV when I’m trying to sort Dexter out is pretty much a life saver.

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What do you watch at home with the kids?

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