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gostraighttojail Sat 20-Apr-13 12:09:15

I know I will be termed a pushy parent but I am just trying to do my best here.

DS, aged 4.
DH and I both work. We really try to do nice things with the kids at the weekend. They don't watch TV during the day and our time is usually quite structured.

But today, DS has been watching TV for ages. He is not feeling well.

I feel uncomfortable that he is upstairs watching TV and not getting any positive input from me or anyone or anything.

Is this OK? Am I mad? Are you going to flame me as some kind of pushy mum?

mrsjay Sat 20-Apr-13 13:03:29

I loved the quote ^ ^ of just letting them be it is ok you know to let them amuse themselves for a while

breatheslowly Sat 20-Apr-13 13:12:43

I think it is important for children to have down time which can include watching TV if you like and also have time when they are expected to amuse themselves. I don't think you are doing your DS any favours in keeping him so busy, perhaps you should feel guilty for that instead.

Crinkle77 Sat 20-Apr-13 13:18:04

If he is not feeling well then surely there is nothing better than lying in bed watching telly. Don't think it's going to harm him.

guanosoup Sat 20-Apr-13 13:20:06

In a similar vein, I usually cook all meals from scratch.
As I am shattered due to working 26 hours in the last two days, I have just given them fish fingers and frozen veg.

When they were younger, that meal would have really pushed all my mummy-guilt buttons, but I have come to realise that
a) they won't die of malnutrtion,
b) they'll appreciate a home cooked meal next time, and;
c) they enjoy the change.
So, your boy will probably get similar benefits from his chilled out day, I am benefitting from mine, I'm certain! grin

Snazzynewyear Sat 20-Apr-13 13:21:19

One day of just lying around watching tv is not going to do any harm, and it would be unkind anyway to force him out somewhere if he really doesn't feel like it. He gets 'positive input' from you all the time, from the sound of it, so there's nothing to worry about.

mrsjay Sat 20-Apr-13 13:23:07

OP just being nosy but why do you feel so guilty about not amusing or engaging with him when you do it anyway,

mrsjay Sat 20-Apr-13 13:23:56

FWIW there is nowt wrong with frozen fish fingers grin

500internalerror Sat 20-Apr-13 13:25:12

We are all still in pjs - might get up in a bit! We've browsed some recipe books, written a letter, watched tv. smile

FunnysInLaJardin Sat 20-Apr-13 13:26:43

YANBU, weekends are for chilling out. DS1 would spend all day on mine craft if we let him and sometimes we do! He is 7

KristinaM Sat 20-Apr-13 13:27:25

It's sounds like its you who's not enjoying staying in today.

So why don't you go out and leave your p to watch your child, then swap later

guanosoup Sat 20-Apr-13 13:27:56

Mrs jay, a fish finger sandwich is the food of the gods!
But ten years ago, I thought my babies would not appreciate them. I jave learned ti go with the flow. Life is so much simpler! smile

Dancergirl Sat 20-Apr-13 13:31:50

OP, don't put your guilt about not be able to do things in the week above your ds' wants or needs. I know it's tempting to fill every minute at the weekend if you work full time, but really your little boy will be happier just pottering around with you in the background. He's had a long week at school too and probably doesn't want to go on a lot of structured outings.

mrsjay Sat 20-Apr-13 13:32:08

*Mrs jay, a fish finger sandwich is the food of the gods!
But ten years ago, I thought my babies would not appreciate them. I jave learned ti go with the flow. Life is so much simpler! *

<nods> smile

ballstoit Sat 20-Apr-13 13:44:11

Go and get in with him, my DC love having a duvet day with me occasionally. We stay in my bed all day, and eat our meals there too...they chill out, and chat to me and each other. Its you being there that he needs, not a trip every weekend.

WhereYouLeftIt Sat 20-Apr-13 13:47:51

"I feel uncomfortable that he is upstairs watching TV and not getting any positive input from me or anyone or anything."
Maybe you could bring him downstairs and snuggle watch TV together?

OhLori Sat 20-Apr-13 14:49:51

PLZ - its OK! As a family you sound like you could relax a bit more smile.

However, watching TV when ill is a mixed blessing, I have found and I restrict it if son is ill. IMO, if you're ill, its better not to watch TV. Instead, to be in bed with low light, a couple of books and mum and dad just popping in/ making a fuss to see if he's OK!

PicaK Sat 20-Apr-13 18:43:26

Well, sitting around watching tv is what i want to do when ill so i'd leave him be.

I'm v similar to you in that i like to be out doing stuff in the morning and afternoon. i'm a sahm so i think it's more to do with what type of person you are than whether you work enough.

If you were dragging him to kumon maths and chinese then yabu to the kid. But a trip to the park isn't really a structured activity in my book. It's just a nice thing to do.

Kids that age need some time alone to play and some time to be played with. Thinking watching and commenting rather than monopoly!

PicaK Sat 20-Apr-13 18:44:35

Have a movie afternoon and curl up with him on sofa under a snuggly blanket if he's not well.

ouryve Sat 20-Apr-13 18:47:17

Sounds like he needs the time to just be.

Bobyan Sat 20-Apr-13 18:59:49

positive input

He's four ffs.

Floggingmolly Sat 20-Apr-13 19:50:20

He's a 4 year old who's not feeling well. Why would you want to drag him to the zoo with an ice cream parlour to follow? confused. For who's benefit??
You don't sound pushy to me, but you do sound incredibly tense.
Lighten up.

gostraighttojail Sat 20-Apr-13 21:17:16

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pictish Sat 20-Apr-13 21:21:09

Um...ok...I'm not one for slagging off other parenting choices, and I was about to say that I felt the thread was a getting a bit critical, but tbh, you've just trumped the lot OP!

Signet2012 Sat 20-Apr-13 21:22:22

I don't think it's lazy.
It's all in moderation. You don't need to constantly keep a 4 year old on the go. I wouldn't say that's good for them. How will they learn to entertain themselves?

hingmy Sat 20-Apr-13 21:38:44

You're strange, OP.

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