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That’s it! No more TV for the kids! That’s it! No more TV for the kids!
This is something I have been grappling with for a while now.  I have known that it was a move I wanted to make but,... That’s it! No more TV for the kids!

This is something I have been grappling with for a while now.  I have known that it was a move I wanted to make but, for some reason, I just took a while to make it.  I finally took action 10 days ago and hope to never look back.  My kids are no longer allowed to watch TV on weekday mornings.

No shows on weekday mornings.  No devices of any kind on weekday mornings.  Plain and simple.

I worried about this choice, not because my kids would likely complain, but because letting them watch TV in the mornings is SO EASY.  They sit there like sweet little zombies and the house stays neat and tidy because it is not being played in! The kids sing and dance and squeal with delight when they find out which of their favourite shows is coming up next.  Yay!

So, what’s my issue with TV before school?

Where.  Do.  I .  Begin…

For starters, I am sensitive to noise.  I didn’t know that was a ‘thing’ until I had kids and then that ‘thing’ got so real for me.  I LOVE listening to music, I LOVE listening to my kids having fun and playing but I do NOT love the constant NOISE that is on all the kids’ favourite TV shows.  Constant and repetitive noise. Ugh.

Then there’s trying to communicate with the sweet little TV zombies.  It was getting increasingly harder for me to get the kids dressed.  It felt as though the adults didn’t exist when we were in competition with Dora, Chase, and Mickey Mouse.  Frustration would rise and it’s not how I like to start the day!

I am also acutely aware of my kids’ behavioural patterns and, though I have not conducted official and controlled research on my children and the effects TV has on them (and have no intention of actually doing so haha)… they are just different after a full morning of TV watching.  Does anyone else notice this?  Sometimes I hear more whining.  Sometimes even some back-talk and none of that is ok by me!

I remember reading an article a while ago (year ago) about how challenging it can be for teachers to be ‘stimulating’ enough in the minds of children who have just been stimulated to the max by their favourite cartoon characters or by their favourite video game.  Again, I am not an expert in this, but that really resonated with me and made so much sense to me.

It all comes down to setting the right ‘tone’ for the day for my kids, and I was starting to really feel like TV was getting us all off on the wrong foot.

Do we have toys strewn all over the house by the time we leave for school in the morning?  You better believe it.  But, I also believe that my kids are calmer, more cooperative, and more prepared for a day of learning when the TV stays off in the morning, and those things are important to me!

Don’t get me wrong, there are many times the TV still goes on and the kids happily zone out, but I’m just trying to keep it to after school and on weekends now.  And, as you all know how it goes as a parent, I’ll sign off with… Ask me next month how I feel about all this :P.

 

Do you have set TV/screen times in your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section! 

 

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Eldon

    February 10, 2016 #1 Author

    Yes screen times are set including devices like tablets

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  • Jenny

    February 11, 2016 #2 Author

    Totally agree! We have a no screen rule for mornings and usually weekdays at our house. We just moved and I have noticed that the TV has crept back into our days. Going to have to wean them back off of it.

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  • Leah

    February 25, 2016 #3 Author

    I found it so much easier when the TV stayed off. Less arguing and rushing out the door

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  • Shannon

    February 25, 2016 #4 Author

    I wish I could set such a rule… It’s just too easy in the mornings. This definitely has me thinking.

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  • Gord

    February 27, 2016 #5 Author

    We are the same when it comes to that constant and repetitive noise. I will also add that I really get instantly extremely annoyed(and pissed off) with the latest trend in music…overly loud bass thumping coming out of stereos.

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  • Anne Taylor

    February 29, 2016 #6 Author

    The tv is usually on in our house when our grandkids are over, at least for a little while, but before school they are off.

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  • Diana Corlett

    February 29, 2016 #7 Author

    Sometimes I look back and wish I had banned television or computer games. And don’t get me started on loud music!

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  • jan

    March 1, 2016 #8 Author

    We have restrictions on (all) screen time too. Must admit we have never had screen time in the mornings, even on weekends, so they don’t even think about it.

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  • Victoria Ess

    March 4, 2016 #9 Author

    We do set limits on screen time and make it a routine.

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  • Robyn

    March 5, 2016 #10 Author

    I completely agree. I have noticed a huge correlation between smoother days and tv being off or on only briefly during the afternoon lull. I definitely focus on setting a “tone” for the day, and find that my kids’ behaviour is really impacted by it.
    Really enjoying your site :)

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  • gene d

    March 8, 2016 #11 Author

    i totally understand where you are coming from on this post. My two kids immediately want to turn on their tablets or gaming console when they wake up. They definitely become vegetables after playing these. We are trying to limit their screen time to an hour after school

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  • Ira

    March 11, 2016 #12 Author

    We don’t have a lot of TV time for the kids, but I also noticed that the more uninterrupted screen time they have, the less cooperative they are after that. Interesting…

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  • Jennifer Wilson

    March 14, 2016 #13 Author

    I totally agree with you, tv seems to sends their minds into a scatter overdrive!!

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  • nicolthepickle

    March 15, 2016 #14 Author

    I think that this is really smart. We don’t have tv in the mornings either, but even in the afternoons I notice more grumpiness and whining after tv.

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  • Jessica Cyr

    March 23, 2016 #15 Author

    i find it a lot easier when i schedule tv time for my kids

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