being a mom
Why I’ve Been Rotting My Childâ€™s Brain With TV Since Forever
As the mother of an almost-three-year-old, I like to think Iâ€™m a pretty informed parent. I have taken my kid to all her regularly-scheduled well-child appointments; I didnâ€™t give her peanut butter until age one; and most importantly, I am on the Internet all day, every day. That alone should tell you how informed I am as a parent; if Iâ€™m not reading 100 different ways I should be properly parenting my child, then I am clearly not doing the Internet correctly.
One thing thatâ€™s cropped up seemingly out of nowhere recently is this arbitrary rule, â€œNo screens before age two.â€ I say â€œarbitraryâ€ because in my nearly 36 months of parenting, I have never once heard my daughterâ€™s pediatrician tell me not to let me daughter look at screens. And yet, within the past month, I have seen this rule referenced in several articles online, as well as seen people online admit to letting their under-two-year-old watch screens. Admit to whom, exactly, I am not quite sure; I assume these people must be Twitter friends with their pediatricians. Seems unethical, but okay.
Now, Iâ€™m going to spare you the whole, â€œI watched TV all the time growing up and I turned out fine!â€ argument. I know everyone has a story about how they learned the alphabet by age two because of Sesame Street. They played Nintendo until the wee hours of the morning and hey, theyâ€™re completely well-adjusted and valuable members of society! They just happen to constantly have a smartphone in front of their face, but thatâ€™s neither here nor there.