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TV during meal time?

I am not a mother who against TV, in fact, I am a lousy mum who always let my kid watch TV until my kid know almost all the animation characters....

However, I will never allowed my kid to watch TV, at the same time, eating. This is definitely a NO NO to me. No matter how Naomi refused to take the solid food last time, I didn't give in by letting her eat in front of the TV.

Until today, Naomi only eats on dining table, and she always turn off TV whenever I say meal time which I think is a very good practice, kid gets to see what she is putting into her mouth instead of some mouse and duck and dog's faces on TV.

However, today at Ikano Power Centre, I saw a parents with a maid and a about 3 years old boy were eating at one of the food place. And to my horror, the maid was feeding the boy with a portable DVD player ON!!!!! Is it necessary??? He won't die skipping one meal if he doesn't want to eat! I was so shocked!

Do parents need to go to that extend to spoil a child? Bringing a portable player everywhere you go? I can understand if the player is only for parents to get some peaceful time to get to have a gathering session with relatives or friends which normally last longer. But this is only a lunch!!! I think this is nut. I am sorry if you are one of the parents like this reading this post, yes, I think you are nut.

9 Muaks:

mommy to chumsy said...

Guilty...I am one who allows Ashley to eat and watch tv at the same time :( However, I won't go to the extend like the parent of that kid you saw at the mall :) That is too much :) It's great that you have trained Naomi to eat at the dining table and switch off the tv during meal time :)

Vivianz said...

chumsy mummy, I think a lot of people are doing that which i think at home ok lar... sometimes when my parents are around, they would allow naomi to eat in front of tv too, that's grandparents.

huisia said...

i let jo to eat and watch telly at the same time, but i think from tomorrow onwards i will stop letting this habit going on because he is so terrible recently and i wish we can talk more during meal time! family time, yes, i need it!

Vivianz said...

HS, yes, i think meal time is the only time we all sit down together. I want to let Naomi learn that meal time is the time for family.

Alesia said...

:( Ashley sometimes eats infront of the tv. As much as I hate that I can't help it especially when she refuses to finish her meals unless she's watching her fav show. I told my hb when we move out, no way I'm giving in to my other kids (if we have any la) But I have to agree with you, that is just too much, it's like the child's controlling the parents instead of the other way around.

wen said...

i hardly does that even though it has happened before... yeah, outside, no need bring dvd player lor..

ew said...

actually i also hv doubt on this..although am not yet a parents even ppl wife..but seeing they way..how my friend "take care" of their kids...and how they "train" their kids to "make use" of maid....really make me feel doubt....

ChloeRuoyi said...

Haha, me oso guilty for switching on the tv for Chloe during mealtimes... but it's not to a point where she can't eat without the tv lar. Ya, I've seen MANY parents doing that...bringing portable dvds out. I find that very exaggerating too.

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