I’ve lost count of the number of times that Peppa blooming Pig has saved my life since becoming a parent. I always swore I’d be that Mum who limited television screen time. The type of parent who wouldn’t have even considered allowing their child to watch an iPad until they were at least
ten five years old. Ha. What did I know? The old me was a naive numpty who slept for a blissful eight hours a night. She had sod all idea of what life was about to entail once she became a parent.
These days I pretty much rely on the electronic nanny, as much as I rely on caffeine to get me through a day. I do worry about the effects too much screen time has on her. But sometimes we need it in order to survive.
Over the past year, I’ve received quite a few messages about my thoughts on screen time for babies. In particular, how I manage it for Elsie. My answer is always the same: use screen time to work for you.
Mum Guilt will pretty much be present in every single aspect of life from now until eternity. But from quite early on, I realised that a bit of screen time here and there has not only kept my sanity, but it also helped me to gain back some sort of control in our lives. So I’m past feeling guilty about plonking my sprog in front of a screen whilst I make their lunch without the constant whining at my feet. Or whilst I clear up the mammoth scale of devastation they’ve left behind after lunch.
If you are ever feeling guilty about the amount of time they’ve spent in front of a screen or if that background squeakiness is starting to drill a hole in your head, then they (and you) are probably in need of a timeout. But there are times throughout the day when some screen time is nothing but a godsend.
Just a couple of weeks ago we were in the midst of a particularly bad spell where both babies were poorly and I was close to losing the plot. The postman arrived with an absolute lifesaver in the form of the new Peppa Pig, My First Cinema Experience on DVD. I could have kissed the postman, but I didn’t. I didn’t have the energy.
We were lucky enough to be invited along to a special screening of this back in Spring this year so I knew that we were in for a treat. A whole hour of new Peppa Pig episodes. I could have cried with relief. As we snuggled down to watch it, it dawned on me that there are so many moments in a day when I honestly rely on Peppa to get us all through the day.
The Moments When Peppa Pig Has Saved My Life…
The Early Wake-Up Calls
When she wakes up at ridiculous o’ clock, Elsie now fetches the iPad. Which is always by my bed and snuggles in to watch Peppa whilst Mumma musters up the energy to face another day in Knackered Land.
Trying To Sort Your Life Out
When we moved into the house Granny kindly gave us a television with a built-in DVD player. Luckily the player already had one lonely DVD in it- only a Peppa Pig DVD. It was probably the best housewarming gift ever.
Feeding In Public
Trying to contain a toddler whilst feeding a baby is hard bloody work. Some days you just don’t have the energy to distract a toddler from doing a runner. Or enough snacks to keep them safely contained. Unless you’re an octopus auditioning for a role on Ceebeebies, it’s times like this when only Peppa and her pals downloaded on your mobile will do, quite frankly.
When You Just Need Five Minutes
Moments like this occur several times on a daily basis. Whether you need to empty the dishwasher or get the changing bag ready, which you always wish you’d sorted the night before! Or you just need a moment. To cry, breathe, refocus. Or just scroll through Instagram and torture yourself because everyone else’s day seems to be going better than yours.
Getting The Christmas Decorations Down
Hanging up the washing is near on impossible with two small humans screaming at your ankles. Let alone trying to locate a zillion boxes filled with Christmas crap in a loft and then navigate it down into the house. Peppa brought us about fifteen minutes of free time on this occasion. Before Elsie appeared at the bottom of the ladder shouting “Me help you Dadda!” Excellent.
Peppa Pig DVD Giveaway
To celebrate Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience being available to buy on DVD and to spread the joys of having a little much needed free time this festive season, we’ve got an extra copy of the DVD to giveaway to one lucky Mumma. Entering couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is follow…good luck!
Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
- UK Entrants Only
- The Prize is a Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience on DVD
- Giveaway ends 15th December 2017
- The winner will be contacted on Friday 15th December 2017 and will receive the DVD prize within three working days of accepting the prize.