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To listen to an audiobook or the radio when at home with the kids?

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LolaNova · 07/04/2021 14:23

I’ve been at home with slightly poorly children for days (just a cold but it’s making them both grouchy and tired so we aren’t getting out much). I’m SO BORED. Is it ok not to give DCs my full attention and just have something on to listen to in the background during endless toddler play?

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Am I being unreasonable?


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idontlikealdi · 07/04/2021 14:27

YABU for thinking it wouldn't be. Why on earth wouldn't it be?


MiloAndEddie · 07/04/2021 14:36

Wtf? Why wouldn’t this be ok?


steff13 · 07/04/2021 14:36

Why wouldn't it be?


MrsTophamHat · 07/04/2021 14:37

Definitely not. Our children are there to be cared for, not worshipped!

My son is almost 4 now. We have a great relationship, we talk all the time and play, but I have always encouraged him to play by himself and made it clear that sometimes Mummy wants to do something else. I'll often have a podcast on while i'm cooking or cleaning, or I might read while he's playing.

I don't think i would like someone following me around all day, so I don't see why my son would either.


DontBeRidiculous · 07/04/2021 15:00

It would never cross my mind that it wouldn't be okay! Obviously not 24 hours a day, and I'd be ready to pause it any time they needed my undivided attention. If you'll be playing it in a way that they can hear it (not earbuds/headphones), I'd just be sure it was something I didn't mind them also hearing, but that would be my only concern.


Sillysop92 · 07/04/2021 15:09

Why wouldn’t it be ok? I used to hide upstairs and eat chocolate on the pretence of tidying up. I was rarely bothered as they didn’t want to get roped in. Leave them to it, have a cuppa and let them be. They’ll be fine and if they’re not you’ll know.


BornOnTwelthNight · 07/04/2021 15:58

Where on earth did you get the idea that you need to give children your undivided attention 24-7?

Of course it’s ok, I’ve never of heard of anyone who would think it wasn’t.


SwimmingOnEggshells · 07/04/2021 16:01

This is bananas.

Of course it's ok. It's not healthy to give children your undivided attention, they need to learn to be self-sufficient and independent.


Dishwashersaurous · 07/04/2021 16:03

Err. My children's entire childhood has been to the background of radio four.

I'd never watch adult TV with them around but the radio is perfect for listening to whilst also crawling around on the floor doing imaginary play etc


folloyourarro · 07/04/2021 16:03

Well this wins the most batshit post I've seen on MN for a while.


PotteringAlong · 07/04/2021 16:03

Why would it not be ok?!


Deedeedocket · 07/04/2021 16:13

I constantly listen to Audio books, while I’m cooking, pretending to clean, putting clothes away etc.

The kids and I used to listen to Harry Potter in the car when they were very young . Now when I’m running them about I’m listening to Stephen king.
They quite like listening along.


Oldbeams · 07/04/2021 16:21

Hope your DC feel better soon op.

It's fine to listen to podcasts or the radio!

Imho, it works best if you alternate between giving the DC 20 mins of your full undivided attention doing something they want to do, and then explain that mummy's going off to do something specific such as cooking or cleaning for 20 mins and for that you can have a soundtrack. You can suggest what they do in the meantime and set it up for them (depending on age). As long as they are somewhere safe and they can find you and you can hear them, in case of accidents or anything, and you check in with them regularly, it's fine!


sunflowersandbuttercups · 07/04/2021 16:40

Of course it's fine! Why wouldn't it be?


Sciurus83 · 07/04/2021 16:56

Of course it's ok! My god I've "read" more audiobooks since having DD than I ever read before. Would've gone bonkers without audiobooks and podcasts!


Naunet · 07/04/2021 17:01

I’m not sure, are you a human being or just a household appliance?!!!


LooseThreads · 07/04/2021 17:04

My dd grew up with Americas Next Top Model on in the background. She got all nines for her GCSEs so it didn't do get any harm not to have all of my attention at every moment.


thebillyotea · 07/04/2021 17:10

what do you mean not giving them your full attention?

How on earth do you manage to get anything done at all? Confused
The whole point of being home is NOT to give them full attention and letting them potter around or "help" (ie emptying cupboards, rummage through laundry or boxes of begs) and when you are lucky play with their own toys!


FlyingBurrito · 07/04/2021 17:13

This can not be a serious question. No one thinks you can't turn the radio on when they have children do they Shock

I literally never turn the radio off and no children have been harmed in the process


actiongirl1978 · 07/04/2021 17:20

When DC were small I had a sofa in the kitchen. After preschool the toddler watched a movie in the playroom, the baby had a nap and I snoozed on the kitchen sofa. No one would have got past age 3 if I hadn't had time to myself after lunch every day!

Also we have had radio 4 on pretty much all day every day since they were born!


Crowsandshivers · 07/04/2021 17:26

🤣🤣🤣🤣 my poor toddlers always have am audio book on in the background. I would have gone insane without them!


WoolieLiberal · 07/04/2021 20:40

Not unreasonable at all.

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