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To let DS (2) watch Cbeebies all morning when I'm feeling rough?

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LittleMyDancing Fri 11-Jul-08 11:29:07

Can't shake the guilty feeling.....have got a stomach bug and although I'm a lot better today, still not up to going to playgroup etc.

We've built a monster out of lego and read some books, but now I've resorted to Cbeebies.

But still feel guilty hmm

LittleMyDancing Fri 11-Jul-08 11:39:04

bump - someone tell me I'm not a bad mother, purleeeease!

UnquietDad Fri 11-Jul-08 11:40:11

Good god, no. Don't feel guilty. Sitting watching Cbeebies is educational. Especially if you are poorly. Let Chris, Puy et al babysit!!

Tas1 Fri 11-Jul-08 11:40:20

Don't feel guilty.
I'm sure we have all done it at some point.
I know I have.
Hope you feel better soon.

mindalina Fri 11-Jul-08 11:40:45

No of course you're not It's just a lazy day - we have them all the time (too often, probably blushgrin)

palsasnogaholic Fri 11-Jul-08 11:41:12


the more you rest the quicker you will recover

will do them NO harm xx

herbietea Fri 11-Jul-08 11:42:20

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GivePeasAChance Fri 11-Jul-08 11:42:54

I am impressed that you have built lego monster AND read books while with a stomach bug. The last time I was ill, I didn't consiser anything other than tv. Relax and get better!

snowleopard Fri 11-Jul-08 11:43:57

Not at all. Presuming it's not all day, every day, so see it as a special treat. I've done it when I've been ill - we made a nest in the front room with duvet and cushions, pile of snacks and drinks, magazines and cbeebies. All day.

LittleMyDancing Fri 11-Jul-08 11:48:48

I think I just feel bad because DS had chicken pox last week, so there has been a lot of Cbeebies lately! But you're right, it's not as if I'm leaving him watching some slash horror with a big bag of sweets.

Is there some way of turning maternal guilt off? or is it down to my Catholic upbringing?


jojosmaman Fri 11-Jul-08 11:49:52

I want to go to Snowleopards house!

jojosmaman Fri 11-Jul-08 11:51:06

YANBU, no way.

Alambil Fri 11-Jul-08 12:56:30

I do it with DS when I'm perfectly healthy!

Thankyouandgoodnight Fri 11-Jul-08 13:17:51

It's compulsory to watch TV when ANYONE is ill / pregnant / lazy / tired / wants 3 hours 5 minutes to do something else. An absolute must.

I agree - you building a lego monster and reading books is far beyond the call of duty

LittleMyDancing Fri 11-Jul-08 13:20:30

well, he's in bed for his nap now, and fingers crossed he'll sleep for 3 hours (we're very lucky with daytime naps) and I can lie on the sofa and watch some crap telly educational programmes.


Thank you for your words of support!

twelveyeargap Fri 11-Jul-08 13:24:39

I WISH DD2 (13 months) would watch tv on these occasions. She just has go interest. I too have vile viral bug and am 37 weeks pregnant. Can barely walk to the loo. (MNing from iPhone in bed in case you're wondering). I had to keep DD1 (13) off school to help, something I would NEVER do under normal circumstances.

You are being PERFECTLY reasonable!

LittleMyDancing Fri 11-Jul-08 13:26:24

Oh you poor thing, you sound in much worse pain than me! If it's any comfort, DS really wasn't interested in TV until a couple of months ago, then he suddenly seemed to 'get it'. So your DD might become more interested as she gets older.

I hope you feel better soon!

scottishmum007 Fri 11-Jul-08 13:29:20

YANBU. when it's bad weather, like the rain we've had recently, we spend most of the day watching CBeebies and then when the weather is great the TV isn't on at all, we're too busy outside enjoying the outdoors and meeting up with other mums and babies. DS is 14 mo.
We've all done it at some point, don't beat yourself up about it.

dilemma456 Fri 11-Jul-08 14:02:12

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anotherbadnight Fri 11-Jul-08 14:11:44

i do this in emergencies too and used to be totally anti TV for little ones. only emergencies seem to be getting more and more minor these days! i think it's totally fine in small doses isn't it?

Oblomov Fri 11-Jul-08 14:11:50

Give yourself a break.
I do it all the time.

woodenchair Fri 11-Jul-08 14:18:03

YA absolutely NBU!!!
Take it easy and get well!

poppynic Fri 11-Jul-08 14:24:46

I have just been to a couple of parenting seminars so now am an expert grin. You are the most important person in your family - or, as they say on planes, put on your own lifejacket first. Get yourself better first and then get back to being supermum smile.

Btw: My son has always watched far too much tv and yet he's still in the top 5 of his class for everything.

madamez Fri 11-Jul-08 14:28:00

A lot of the alleged harm of too much telly is to do with DC watching The Bill or Eastenders or Jeremy Kyle or other stuff that is aimed at adults. Cbeebies, with all the clapping and singing and softly-softly educational stuff, is good for kids as long as it's not all day every day to the extent that they don't get any fresh air or interaction with live people.

corblimeymadam Fri 11-Jul-08 14:29:42

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