Don’t Worry About Mommy Guilt When it Comes to Screen Time
Uh-oh! It’s nearing that time when toddlers will begin to resist naptime! There goes your afternoon of updating Facebook, sorting laundry, and racing against the clock to put all those damn Legos away before you step on one. Barefoot. Then try not to scream out all the swears!
If your toddler is resisting naptime then now is the time to start thinking about transitioning to “quiet time” or, as we like to call it at our house, “sit in front of the screen and please be quiet while Mommy runs around the house cleaning like a maniac so that Daddy won’t ask what I did all day time.” Set up a quiet spot in your house that has fabric books, plush toys, and a big soft pillow for hanging out on. Your kid probably won’t use it, but why not try, right?
When quiet time fails screen time can be the go-to solution. But don’t worry about the mommy guilt when it comes to screen time and your kids because even the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its tune on what constitutes a healthy amount of screen time. Basically? Do what works for you. Just don’t rot your kid’s brain with a 6-hour Thomas the Tank marathon!
Scary Mommy Tip: Don’t feel bad if your find yourself getting frustrated with your little one for giving up naps, that is totally normal. Moms need quiet time too! Find a way to distract your little one for small pockets of time during the day so that you can catch your breath.