Stressing over screentime..

The TV is always on in our house, it’s a bit of background noise. I never really thought before about the impact of it on my children and

I never really thought before about the impact of it on my children and their behaviour. When Max was a babe in arms we used to whittle away the hours watching Netflix and snuggling.

As he has got older he has started to have preferences over what he wants to watch. Surprisingly Corrie doesn’t really appeal to a toddler. It started being just an hour at bedtime, the indication to Max that it was time to wind down and get ready for bed.

Those days are long gone and have been replaced by a favouritism of Paw Patrol, Fireman Sam and just lately Peppa Pig.


I’ve made the colossal mistake of letting him watch Netflix from my phone for a small period of time each day. Sometimes it really is the only was to get some peace and get anything done.

Well, that has totally bloody backfired.

Max now believes that MY phone is actually HIS phone, something he tells me about 10 times a day. He is so sneaky my phone could be sitting on the arm of the chair and Max will come and sit with me, making me believe he just wants cuddles, then he puts his arm around my back, swiftly grabs the phone and is off.

I won’t lie I hate the way he is totally engrossed in his favourite program, he doesn’t listen to a word. It’s almost like he can’t hear me. Then if you dare to take the phone away a major meltdown ensues. As you can imagine we have many of those in our house.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to combat this issue:

  • Stop his from watching TV full stop – Let’s be real that’s never going to happen. I am trying to make more of an effort to switch the TV to radio as background noise.


  • Stop him from having access to my phone –  So my half plan is to buy him his own tablet and monitor the time spent on it watching poxy paw patrol. I keep hearing about putting timers on these devices so at least he will know when the time is up then that’s it.


I’m just totally at a loss on how I can police this. I really need some input, so please feel free to hit me with all of your suggestions?





  1. February 25, 2017 / 7:17 am

    I wish Dex would like the TV, I’ve tried several times to sit with him and watch but he doesn’t care for it. Strange isn’t it. I think with Max you are right to limit the time, but I also wouldn’t stress too much about TV. I watched a lot of TV as a child. You can learn so much from it. Of course, when we were growing up, there was no Internet but we did have Sky TV and Nickelodeon. Although I did watch a lot of TV, I also read a lot, so had a good balance. I guess you could give Max the tablet, then when his time was up, offer him a book to read. Maybe a book similar to a show he watches? I liked reading Sweet Valley Twins and watching Sweet Valley High on the TV. (Much preferred the books!)

    • Kris
      February 26, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Wait till he’s a little older and he will prob start showing interest. I loved sweet Valley high and agree the books are much better than the tv series.

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