I wrote recently about how I can put LP in front of the TV and she will happily stay there, transfixed by Curious George for half an hour while I sort Little Man out and get him to nap. I am also planning on using the TV as entertainment for LP before her bath while I put LM to bed in the evening when Hubby’s at work.
Occasional TV is great. We love it – it lets me get things done, allows both children to remain happy and LP loves Curious George like nothing else.
LP hasn’t been very well for the last few days, so we’ve stayed at home, snuggled on the sofa and watched TV – the best remedy for a poorly 2 year old. The problem has come when we’ve turned the TV off… We’ve been watching the Curious George movie instead of the TV show and so it’s a lot longer than she is used to – but in her poorly state she will still sit happily transfixed by it. I explain in advance – ‘Pickle, we’re going to watch this one movie and then we’re going to play toys, ok?’ and LP will then say ‘Meee Meeee, Moo Mooooo’ meaning Monkey Movie. So I put the movie on.
80 minutes later, as the final credits come on, LP wails ‘Meeeeee, Meeeee. Meeeeeeeee Meeeeeeeeeeee’ because she wants it on again. I explain that no, we’ve watched it, we’re having a break from TV and I then turn the TV off.
Queue toddler meltdown.
LP doesn’t tantrum. She is an amazingly laid back and calm child.
Until you turn Curious George off.
LP will throw herself on the floor, kick her legs up and down, throw her arms around and smack her head against the floor. This is repeated, with added screaming and crying. We then do everything we can to distract her and make her forget about the TV. This usually ends up involving food – anything to get her to calm down.
Do all toddlers get like this when they watch too much TV? LP literally turns into a ball of rage, a teenie redheaded monster!
TV turns a happy, lovely toddler into a Jekyll & Hyde – a completely different personality comes out. This makes me regret ever putting the TV on in the first place, knowing that I have to limit it to a 20 minute slot next time – before lunch or dinner so I have a ‘reason’ to turn it off.
Please tell me that your children turn into monsters when the TV gets turned off too? It can’t just be LP.