These past few months I’ve been letting Light watch the TV. You know, a few minutes a day, every other day. I’d like to think that I’m allowing her because I’ve ran out of other activities for her to do, and that watching Hi5 is better than just her looking at me. But honestly, sometimes it’s just because I needed that few minutes of me time. And when I think about it, all those reasons why I don’t let Light watch the TV or play with the gadgets, not all of them are reasons that I truly believe in. Sometimes, the parenting that I do is just based on the pressure that I get from other mothers, which is not really cool.
There’s a lot of pressure to us parents to do the “right” way of disciplining, teaching and developing our child. To be honest, there are times when I do a certain thing because I see a fellow mom do it, or I heard a fellow mom not do it. I follow it because I’m pressured to, thinking that I don’t know any better and feeling that my child will be left behind if I don’t follow.