Welcome to my series based around parenting hacks. I love a good parenting hack, not because I am lazy or because I can’t be bothered to do activities with Sam. I love them because sometimes things need doing and sometimes my toddler ‘helping’ me is not at all useful.
My first parenting hack post is all about Cbeebies and why I am a fan. I know, I know if we put our toddlers in front of the screen too much, their eyes will turn square – I think Sam would quite suit square eyes but that’s not the point. We are told constantly that we are bad parents if we put our toddlers in front of the TV too much but oh media people sometimes it is the only way to get a job done.
I don’t put Sam in front of Breaking Bad, I put him in front of Bing so he learns to be a good human being (in a world where your carers are smaller than you!) or Everything’s Rosie (where the trees talk) or Balamory (where Policeman sing, things are invented from egg boxes and life is bloody good). If I am going to put him in front of anything, I am glad that I put him in front of presenters that sing about what they are going to have for their lunch today in an oddly enticing musical rendition.
So here are the top Cbeebies shows that help things function in our family.
Tree Fu Tom stops any tantrum immediately – I don’t know why but that crazy lad stops my boy in his tracks even within a full blown tantrum. A bit of spinning round, touching the sky and making magic makes Sam’s day.
Twirly Woos means I can have a shower – Sam has got into the habit of getting up at a rather ungodly hour and sometimes I am not yet showered. I have absolutely no bloody idea what Twirly Woos is about. Sam however, gets it and loves it. He will happily sit on my bed and watch an episode of it whilst I have the worlds quickest shower.
Mike the Knight keeps Sam happy on long journeys – Mike the Knight he’s a brave young hero. Yes, yes he is. He’s my hero. We have a TV in G’s car and Sam will quite happily watch episode after episode on a long journey. Thanks Mike, you have also taught my boy how to be insanely polite and to love dragons and trolls.
In the Night Garden tells him it’s bedtime – I have iPlayer to thank for this. Sam sometimes goes to bed quite early because of that time he wakes up at so I can now trick him and put it on early so he know’s it’s bedtime. Don’t judge me, it has been a long day by then!
Do you have a certain TV show that helps with calming your toddler?
Look out for more parenting hacks coming soon!
Have a lovely day.