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To not want children's tv on all day

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ditziness Tue 02-Oct-12 14:33:18

We're having to stay with family unexpectedly for a few months due to housing problems.

I have a three year old boy. He seldom watches television. Maybe every few days he'll see something. I don't watch much myself, don't particularly want to be pestered for it and think there's better things for a three year old to be doing. I don't forbid it tho, and can see the good and benefit occasionally. And if he comes to stay with family normally ( for babysitting or childcare) then I keep my views to myself and let family look after himas they see fit.

But it's difficult now we're living here and are here everyday. Family just keep putting the telly on constantly for three year old. Or if it's off they suggest it. And ds is starting to ask for it ( never has done before) and they say "no your mummy won't let me". They are telly addicts themselves and see nothing wrong with it.

Aaagh. Don't want it to be an issue, lovely people who are being very kind. But equally don't want telly on all day everyday or made to be the badguy. What do I do?

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Tue 02-Oct-12 14:51:45

Well given that they are doing you a massive favour by housing you dont make a big thing about it.

However, keep your DS busy so that he doesnt need to watch it all the time and then when you want to chill let him watch some.

Once you are back in your house you can go back to tv every few days but for now just try and be a bit more relaxed about it.

CailinDana Tue 02-Oct-12 14:54:59

Let it go. There's no point in stressing over it. Like you say they are kind people who are doing you a favour and no harm is going to come to your DS because of it. I'm assuming he gets out and does other things during the day and that people talk to him and play with him on and off, so having the tv on, while annoying, won't make much difference. If you make an issue of it, it'll cause tension and just make the whole thing more uncomfortable than it needs to be.

ditziness Tue 02-Oct-12 19:25:44

Thanks. Yes I'm not going to mention it as such. I wasn't going to atall, just getting fed up of them encouraging him to pester me and making it difficult for me to say no..

I am trying to do other things, it's difficult as we're in their space so not got much in the way of toys and can't make a mess. Also very remote and I don't drive. I'm just reading a lot of books, doing slot of jigsaws and whenever the rain stops going for a mooch about the village.

RaisinDEtre Tue 02-Oct-12 19:41:58

get him a wetsuit kinda thing and then you can get out in the rain too

this is what I am thinking of

sympathies, it's not easy

ditziness Tue 02-Oct-12 21:45:23

Thanks. I would quite like a whine if I'm honest. Trying really really hard to make the best of it, see the bigger picture, don't sweat the small stuff. But if I'm honest, this is rubbish.

I've got a puddle suit and wellies for him. We do go out I the rain. It's just a bit crap really when you're in the middle of nowhere without a car or public transport . And I have a three month old baby too. so being out in the rain is only fine up to a point.

I know it's not important really, but it does just gut me a bit. Spent three years not taking the easy way out and just putting the telly on. And now I have no control over it.

RaisinDEtre Tue 02-Oct-12 22:25:53

oh gawd, a baby too! ignore me, no way should you be out and about in the rain with such a wee one

moan away sweetie

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