Before I became a mom, I was the best mom on the planet. I fantasized about the gentle discipline I would practice; never raising my voice at my child, serving nutritious organic foods, and (of course) restricting all screen time. Then I became a working mom and relaxed some of my self imposed rules, especially those regarding television. In fact, there have been a number of times the dreaded "screen time" saved my ass.
You see, the fantasy of a perfect parent quickly dissipated when I was faced with the bone-aching exhaustion, never-ending responsibility, and constant guilt that is part of every parent's reality. And while I still try to have some limitations on screen time, especially if I notice that glazed look in my child's eye and he won't look up from the screen when I ask him a question. I also try to make sure that at least most of the things he watches are educational, or haven't crossed the threshold from annoying to "I can't bear to sit through another second of that horrific background song." I have my limits, after all.
However, there are situations during daily life when a little screen time is the perfect solution to keep my little one absorbed, busy, and quiet. So, honestly, I can't really apologize for relying on that "horrible screen time" in the following moments: