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Dealing with a Speech Delay

Even if your child is advanced in everything else, they could still have a delay

It’s really hard when you have a brilliant son in every way possible, but everyone else his age speaks circles around him. Rhys has a speech delay. It’s frustrating for Justin and I and it’s also frustrating for Rhys.

Even if your child is advanced in everything else, they could still have a delay

The absolute worst is at night, he constantly asks for “A da da.” For months, we have wracked our brains with what that could possibly mean, even recruiting my mother for her ideas. “Door open,” “I don’t want to,” “Daddy,” “door open,” “attention,” we have no idea. We’ve asked him to show us, and he just stands still and says it more.

Rhys has plenty of words; his vocabulary expands every day. But, he really suffers with pronunciation. The most prevalent example is when he asks us to go to his room: “ee oom” (Rhys room). Sometimes, he doesn’t even get the “m” on room.

He is two and half and has started to get frustrated when we can’t understand him. Especially because he will be starting preschool in the fall and now has a baby sister who can only coo and cry, we definitely wanted to work on his speech. So, we called Early Childhood Intervention to see if we could qualify for speech therapy through the state.

A speech therapist came to evaluate Rhys, not only in speech, but also in other aspects of his growth and development to see if it was a compounded problem. This happened in early December, when he was barely 29 months old. Most thing: gross and fine motor skills, social development, comprehension and communication, and other knowledge based things, Rhys was scoring between 30 and 36 months–he was advanced.

I knew that already. I mean, if you look back at all his monthly updates, he was always ahead of the curve when it came to milestones. But, we wanted to figure out the issue with the speech delay. Tongue tied and lip tied was ruled out (that was taken care of the day he was born), he didn’t have a chewing/swallowing issue (which sometimes affects speech), his hearing and his vision was fine.

I described to the therapists that I called him “speech dyslexic.” He was mixing up some sounds. For example, instead of saying “bye bye”, he’d say “dye dye.” He uses a lot of “g”s for other sounds too. He can get his guttural sounds very easy but his nasal and his aspirate sounds are lacking, the therapists explained. That made complete sense to me because of how the Welsh language is set up with mutations of certain sounds (I’m not going to explain it since it’s a large grammar lesson, but you can read about it here).

Sadly, he scored barely above the bar for qualifying for speech. The therapists looked back over their test results and tried to see what they could skew in Rhys’s favor to qualify him. They said they really felt that he would truly benefit from speech therapy. But, ethically, they didn’t feel that they could risk their licenses to skew it in his favor. So, they gave me their information, a packet on how to help Rhys with phonics, and told us to look at private therapists through our insurance. They left repeating that Rhys’s case is the one they will feel most bad about the entire year.

So, for now, we are trying to really help Rhys with pronunciation. Really, that is where he is failing. Daily, he gains new words (he just can’t properly say them). He knows songs and tunes and will “sing” along with them. He “reads along” when we read books. We make him use his words. We try not to use “yes or no” questions. When he watches TV, I ask him questions as to what is going on, who is who, what color they are wearing, etc. He plays along with Nick Jr shows, answering how many balls there are, or which road is longer, or that’s the triangle, etc. He truly is brilliant. Rhys knows all the numbers 0-10 and can count forward and backwards (just not pronouncing them correctly). He knows all the basic shapes and every color. He can identify the different letters of the alphabet (and can correctly pronounce most of them).

And, he is willing to try to practice his speech. We’ll work on specific sounds in each syllable, then try to get them to connect….but it doesn’t always work…..

Me: Baby

Rhys: geegee

Me: ba ba ba ba

Rhys: babababa

Me: be be be be

Rhys: dee dee dee

Me: ba bee

Rhys: ba dee

Me: ba bee

Rhys: ba gee

Me: baby

Rhys: geegee

For some reason, he can do the separate, individual sounds, but he can’t put them together. But, I have confidence that he will continue to learn and grow. I am a little worried about him being able to properly speak when he starts preschool in the fall–he’ll be little over 3. But, if his speech is still suffering, we’ll test him again at age 3 and see if we can get support through the school system.

As for now, I’m trying my hardest not to compare him to other kids his age. But, the hardest is I have two good friends who had daughters within a week of Rhys. Both girls can pronounce words correctly and speak full, long sentences. It does kill me a little inside to see that….and then when I watch Instastories or SnapChat and see my kids’ friends who are younger than Rhys speak better than him, it hits hard at home again.

But, I know it’s not my fault and it’s not Rhys’s fault. Rhys is just as smart (if not possibly smarter…I’m not bragging or biased at all!) than they are. He just has a weakness in speech. And, I am so glad that my friend, Susannah’s little boy, who is a few months younger than Rhys is having the exact same issue. It does make me feel better.

So, we’ll see what happens in the next few months.

Did your child have a speech delay? Did they qualify for speech therapy? What did you do to help your child to speak correctly?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Life with a Toddler and a Baby | Guest Post

Even with all the trials of having a toddler AND a baby, it's so totally worth it.

I still can’t believe that I really, truly have two kids! I’m glad that they are 2.5 years apart. I think that’s a perfect age. My sister and I were 2 years 10 months apart. And, I know plenty who have done 2 under 2 or 3 under 3. They are heroes in my eyes. So, when Alysa said she was going to write a post about her baby and toddler, I was really excited to read what she wrote!

My daughter was 10 months old when the pregnancy test showed two lines.  Due to a number of events, we couldn’t tell how far along I was, so we had a really big guess as to when the due date would be, but my daughter was going to be approximately a year and a half old when the new baby was to be born.  My first thought was, yikes! Am I really going to have two babies under two??! That seemed like SO much.

Even with all the trials of having a toddler AND a baby, it's so totally worth it.

My son is now 7 months old, and I have to say that life with two is pretty great.  It obviously has tough moments, such as when the baby wants to be held, but you need to put your toddler down for a nap, or get them something to eat, but you make it work.  You sometimes feel like your time and attention is so divided between two little people who need you SO much and in very different ways, but at the same time, your heart just feels like it’s bursting full of love for them both.

My favourite thing about having two little ones is how much they love each other.  Now that my second is 7 months old, he is starting to be able to do things with his sister a little more.  He’s still got a way to go before they’re playing together fully, but I’m so excited to see them play together.  And my toddler, wow, she loves her little brother immensely.  She’s constantly trying to wipe his mouth, or bring him a toy.. even if it’s just to take the one that he was playing with at the time.  She also LOVES giving him kisses and hugs.  If he’s upset, she wants to comfort him.  If he’s eating, she wants to say “hi” right in his face.  Seeing how my daughter has adapted from being an only child to being a big sister has been the most amazing thing.

But this business of having a toddler and a baby isn’t all giggles and hugs, there are some hard things about it, too.  I find that it takes about a million years to get all of us ready to go anywhere.  It can be quite a big production and we need to time that production perfectly with nursing otherwise we have a very unhappy and hungry little boy.  It was not as bad in the summer, but now that it’s winter, it truly does take a really long time.

Bedtimes, too, can be a challenge.  We usually tag team the effort, but there have been times when I’ve done the bedtime routine by myself, and usually everyone cries at all parts of bedtime.  Plus, it’s so easy for either of them to wake up the other one, and then it’s back to square one with cuddles and putting them back in their beds.

I love my little family, and it’s so much fun to watch them grow up together.  They say that the best thing you can give your children in life is each other, and I couldn’t agree more.


Alysa is a 30-something mama of two from Winnipeg, Canada.  She has a degree in Recreation Management and Community Development from the University of Manitoba and she would like to one day run her own event management business.  For now, she spends all her time with her babies and her husband of almost five years.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

We Failed Potty Training

Even if and when your toddler is mentally ready to potty train and is very willing, sometimes their anatomy isn't. Just because they understand what to do and want to be like big kids doesn't always mean they are physically ready. It is ok to experiment with potty training and decided to put it off for a few months.

Rhys has always impressed us with hitting milestones. He has always been above the curve and has always been such a fast learner. For the past two months, Rhys has been telling us after the fact that he had gone poo in his diaper, or if he had a very full and wet diaper. We took this milestone of his acknowledgement and our want to not have two in diapers come January, and decided that we wanted to start potty training Rhys.

But, we failed.

Even if and when your toddler is mentally ready to potty train and is very willing, sometimes their anatomy isn't. Just because they understand what to do and want to be like big kids doesn't always mean they are physically ready. It is ok to experiment with potty training and decided to put it off for a few months.

We thought we already had a headstart with potty training. Rhys could already say “peepee” and “poopoo.” He had a little toilet we bought in the spring to peak his interest, and he had gone in it a handful of times. Rhys isn’t afraid of the big toilet–when we announce we have to use the bathroom, he rushes in, points to the potty, gives us toilet paper, and flushes for us when we finish. He wasn’t scared of the toilet at all. And, the fact that he didn’t like a soiled diaper gave us hope. Rhys is 2.25 years old, so we felt he had the potential to succeed.

I do have to toot my own horn for a bit here. I was determined to be positive and patient with Rhys the whole time. And I was! With every accident, I’d reassure him in a calm voice and never show disgust or disappointment while cleaning up any messes. It was EXHAUSTING!

So, I grabbed a few potty training books, searched on Pinterest, called my mom, asked my sisters-in-law and friends of recently trained preschoolers for advice. We were running out of diapers and decided that next time we went to Costco, we’d get pull-ups rather than diapers.

Day one we decided to do an hour here and there of naked time. Every 20 minutes or so, I’d tell him to sit on the potty. Rhys was always willing. He didn’t really go on the potty, but did go on the floor once or twice before we could rush him to the potty.

Day two was naked time the whole day. We had quite a few accidents, but he was becoming aware of when he would go and say “uh oh” and try to rush to the potty.

Day three of naked time, Rhys started getting better at holding until he got to the potty and we only had a handful of accidents.

So, day four, we decided to take him to Wal-Mart and buy him some underwear. Yes, we had pull-ups, but Justin and I decided that pull-ups would be just for nap time, long days out, and night time. Our main goal was to have Rhys fully trained while he was awake before Evelyn came around New Years. We didn’t care if he wet a pull-up during naptime or bedtime. Rhys chose Blaze the Monster Machine and PAW Patrol pullups.

The next week, Rhys got to wear his undies. We made a few different sticker/reward charts. Rhys loved feeling like a big boy and loved earning the stickers. He was always willing to sit on his potty every 40 minutes when we asked him to. The first two days in undies, we had a few pee incidents, but he was able to stop when he noticed until he got to the potty. We had some poo incidents during that week–Rhys would let us know he had pooed. Then, the trouble would begin.

He knew he wasn’t supposed to poo in his undies. Rhys would come up to us and say, “Mama, poopoos.” I would then say, “Ok, let’s change it and put the poopoos in the potty.” He would then freak out and try to run and hide. Every single time. He would fight me in trying to pull down his pants, tears running down his cheeks. It would take almost 10 minutes of holding him close, him crying into my chest, trying to reassure him that we weren’t mad and we were very proud of him telling us that he had gone. Finally, he’d let us take off his undies. He’d point to the potty and say “poopoos”. But, never went in the potty.

Other than those accidents, Rhys stayed dry. I had a 45-50 minute timer on my phone to remind me to remind him to go potty. Rhys never really caught on to the sensation of having to go. Although, he was very good at controlling his bladder. He could hold it until he got on the potty. Then, we would tell him to go pee and he would focus, and do it. He was very successful with his potty charts, and I was able to take him out and about again. Rhys wasn’t nervous to go on the big public toilets either–as long as I held onto him to help steady him. He was even waking up from his naps with his pull-ups dry. I thought we were doing to make it!

However, after two and half weeks of undies, Rhys still had yet to go poo in the potty–only in his undies. And, the freak outs were becoming more extreme when he told us he had gone and we wanted to help clean him up. He started hitting us with his hands and with his toys and screaming bloody murder. Poor boy was so ashamed. Finally, we decided to have two naked days to try to help him catch himself with bowel movements. But, the first day, he waited all day until his bed time pull-up was put on, then went big time. And again when he woke up the next morning. Then, the second day, he had quite a few accidents of both poo and pee. Same with the third day.

I was at my wits end and so was Rhys. After crying to my mom and to Justin, we decided to stop training. I didn’t mind cleaning his underwear every day. I didn’t mind cleaning up his messes or accidents. But, the fact that he had never gone poo in the potty was our roadblock. I wished that he would’ve gone. Then, I’d be more willing to push through if it was 50% successful, 50% accidental. And, because we were focusing so hard on bowel movements, Rhys was starting to regress with pee. So, we stopped. Rhys knew what to do. He knew how to act. He knew the process of going potty. But, he just couldn’t make himself poo or catch himself pooing. We believe that he just wasn’t ready for that part of potty training just yet.

We put Rhys back in diapers the next day–he was a little upset every time he pooed and we tried to lay him down to change him. He would keep pointing at his potty and say “poopoos potty.” He wanted to be a big boy. I kept trying to console him and still give him love, confidence, and hope. The second day back in diapers, Rhys acted as if he had never potty trained–he never asked me for his underwear and never mentioned the potty. My mom says that is a good sign that he seamlessly went back. She says that means he probably really wasn’t physically ready.

I am so proud of my son for the progress that he had made and his absolute willingness to try. I as just upset with myself as the fact that Rhys just couldn’t control his bowel movements. I felt like I had failed as a mom training her son. I never felt like Rhys failed. His body, his anatomy, just wasn’t ready and that isn’t his fault. But, for the first little bit, it definitely felt like it was my fault–kind of how I felt when Rhys wasn’t being successful at nursing at 4 months. But, I am ok now. Justin is ok. Rhys is ok. We are back in diapers and will have two in diapers at the beginning of next year, and we are ok with that. At the beginning of potty training, we discussed that we didn’t want to push Rhys, we didn’t want to rush him. We wanted to follow his lead, his progress. And, that is why we quit. So, we are waiting. If Rhys asks to go potty, we’ll let him. If he finally decides he has to poo on the potty, we’ll be overjoyed. But, unless he decides for himself that he is ready, we will wait a bit after his baby sister comes to try again. I mean, he isn’t even 2.5 years old yet! There is plenty of time. Yes, we will have to buy double the diapers, which we aren’t too happy about, but that is life.

What has been your experience in potty training? Have you ever had to quit and try again later?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How to Seamlessly Transition to a Toddler Bed

Transitioning your toddler from a crib to a toddler bed can be harrowing. But, here are some tips for a seamless transition with minimal obstacles.

This year has been (and continues to be) full of transitions for my little boy. In January, at 18 months, he entered our church’s nursery program, allowing us to go to our Sunday School meetings without him. He also left the only house he ever knew to move into the basement of my parents’ house. In May, he was able to have his Dad be home all day with him when Justin’s department got laid off. In June, he got a new Uncle. In July, he turned 2, and a week later, we moved to Texas. We have also been transitioning him off a bottle (success before we moved), and pacies only for naptime/bedtime (success). But, since we have a new baby coming in January, we had to two more transitions to make: potty training and transitioning to a toddler bed.

We are currently beginning potty training–wish us luck! And thankfully, we have easily, quickly, successfully transitioned Rhys from his crib to a toddler bed. Three weeks after moving to Texas! What a transition! We are so grateful Rhys seamlessly made the transition and I wanted to share some tips that might help your toddlers make the transition without trouble.

Transitioning your toddler from a crib to a toddler bed can be harrowing. But, here are some tips for a seamless transition with minimal obstacles.

Involve Them in the Transition

For a few days, we led up to the transition. We told Rhys that he would soon sleep in a big boy bed rather than his crib. We took him to Wal-Mart to choose some big boy sheets: he choose PAW Patrol (he loves that show). Then, we had him “help” us set up the bed. We actually only took half a step to a toddler bed. I strongly suggest that if your crib can transition to a toddler bed, you do that first rather than giving them a whole new bed. This way, there is still some continuity and familiarity with their sleeping space. Rhys knows this is still his bed, but one side of the crib is off, so it is now a big boy bed. We will eventually get him a real toddler bed once we transition our 2nd child to the crib…quite some time away. We had him “help” with the Allen wrenches to take it apart. He loves helping his dad with tools, and we let him know that he was making his own big boy bed. We also had him watch as I put the new sheets on.

Have a Steadfast Bedtime Routine

Since we had moved, we really didn’t have a real bedtime routine for Rhys anymore. It used to be cuddles and rocking with his Grandma while drinking milk and watching whatever we were…but we couldn’t do that anymore. Once we made the toddler bed, we decided to create a new routine to go with it and we did it every night. We had him drink his milk while we read stories to him before bedtime. Then, in bed, we make sure he has a pillow, a blanket, his Daniel Tiger doll, and his music machine on. We sing 3 songs, then say prayers. We praise him for the things he did well that day and let him know what we will be doing the next day. We kiss him and say Good night.

Make it as Friendly as Possible

We make sure Rhys has his familiar dolls, blankets, and pacies ready in bed for him. Rhys recently began to be scared of the dark. So, we made sure that his music machine, which projected stars on the ceiling, always had battery power. We also bought some nightlights–one for his room, and one for our living area to guide him to our room just in case he got out of bed in the middle of the night. For the first week, we also kept the door open as he fell asleep so he could see us on the couch, and we could make sure he stayed in his bed (which he did). After he got used to falling asleep in his toddler bed, we began to close the door as normal. In the morning, we always praised him for doing a good job sleeping in his big boy bed.

Sometimes, even a compromise is required. To remove the temptation of getting out of bed and playing with toys, we allow him to take one toy into bed with him. He chooses it and cuddles or quietly plays with it until he falls asleep. We haven’t had issues with him getting out of bed to grab a toy.

Answer Quickly and Eventually Go Back to Ferberizing

Toddler beds are new and different than cribs. For Rhys, he loved cuddling right up to the front corner of the crib–right up against the front bars. We were worried about him falling out. And, the first few nights, he did fall out a few times. When he did fall out, we quickly came in the room, gave him a hug and a kiss, put him back in bed, and sang him one more song before leaving. Sometimes, he would cry out because he dropped a pacy or a toy. We have been lucky enough that Rhys doesn’t believe he can get out of bed, so we go in and pick up his dropped pacy or doll. Eventually, they will get better at not dropping things or falling out. Then, you can go back to your normal Ferberizing or sleep training method that you had previously employed with the crib.

Simultaneously Train for When to Wake Up

Rhys began waking up around 6 am and wanting to get out of bed. We’d pull him in with us, but he’d wiggle and want to wake up. So, we decided to stop doing that. When he woke up in the morning, if it was before 6:30, we would explain to him that it was still night-time and he needed to go back to sleep. We’d make sure he’d have his pacy, his doll, his blanket, and his music machine on. Sometimes, all it took was to get him a sippy cup of water to have in bed with him. Rhys doesn’t get out of bed in the morning–he will yell for us to come get him like he did when he was in his crib. He’s been sleeping in a toddler bed for almost three months, and only recently has he gotten out of bed and opened the door in the morning. If the lights are still off, he’ll close the door and go back to bed.

Sometimes, all you need is luck

We were lucky to have Rhys completely used to sleeping in a toddler bed within a week. After almost three months of sleeping in a toddler bed, only the past week as he gotten enough gumption to sneak out to grab a toy–and even then, he’ll grab it and bring it back to bed. Rhys hasn’t fallen out since that first week. If he drops a pacy or a toy, he’ll reach down and grab it. He checks in the morning if it is time to get up. He’s never come into our room in the middle of the night. I can count on one hand the amount of times we’ve had to let him cry a bit to sleep since mid-July. Sometimes, all you need is luck, and we’ve definitely had that with Rhys’s transition.

How have you transitioned your kids to toddler beds? What was your experience like?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

I Allow My Toddler To Watch TV

Yes, I let my toddler watch TV. There are actually some positives to it, and I'm not ashamed.

I’m not ashamed–I let my toddler watch TV. (Ok, sometimes I do get ashamed in the face of the Mommy wars, especially up against the holier-than-thou, “well I’m glad you found a way that ‘works’ for you” moms). It’s not like he sits in front of the TV all day long. But, I do let him have screen time. And, I’m ok with that. Rhys is two and he definitely has favorite shows and movies and I let him watch them. I have my reasons.

Yes, I let my toddler watch TV. There are actually some positives to it, and I'm not ashamed.

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Why I Let My Toddler Watch TV

He’s learning academics

Rhys has been learning a lot actually watching TV. I try to let him only watch educational shows like Nick Jr. or Disney Jr. or PBS Kids shows. These teach a lot of academic lessons, such as numbers, patterns, shapes, physics, science, letters, and more. To me, it’s no different than learning apps, especially since a lot of these shows are interactive, asking the young audience to answer the question and help them out. Although Rhys can’t really pronounce them correctly, he is recognizing certain letters and can count up to five (“uh, ooh, ee, or, ive”). He has even begun to repeat episodes and retell movies to us, even with his “half-words” and grunts. He will mime actions that has happened and show different emotions that happened in the show. His memory is expanding with this–Rhys will retell something he watched days before.

He’s learning social cues

I love sharing my Disney-filled childhood with Rhys. He has learned so much from these movies. Songs will always catch his attention and he loves to “sing” along with songs and have me sing to him. He also has started to learn musical cues–when the music gets heavy and scary, Rhys will go “uh-oh”, and he can tell facial emotions from characters and will imitate a smile, a laugh, a scream, or crying. We love having Rhys watch Daniel Tiger with the repetitive songs for learning social skills. We actually use a few of those songs with him…it really helped a few times with baby sitters or leaving him for nursery–“Grownups come back”– and finishing an activity–“That was fun, but now it’s done.” He also learns humor from shows. When a character crashes or gets dizzy, they roll their head. Now, Rhys, when he gets dizzy, or “crashes” into something, will roll his head and go “woah woah woah.” It’s super cute!

He’s talking more

Although Rhys has always been ahead of average when it comes to physical and mobile milestones, as well as comprehension, his verbal skills are far behind his peers. He really only has about 5-10 “real” words that he says properly and pronounces correctly. However, a few months ago, we found an hour and half long nursery rhyme playlist on Youtube (he never watches the entire thing in one sitting!!!). In the past few months, he has been trying to talk a lot more. He “sings” along with the nursery rhyme songs. He can say “aze” for Blaze and the Monster Trucks, and uses a lot more “words” strung together.

It calms gives him some space

It takes Rhys a little bit to properly and happily wake up in the morning and after his nap. Letting him watch a little TV allows him to compose himself. Sometimes, it’s also the only way to quell a tantrum, after all other resources are exhausted.

It helps him to eat

Yes, I let him watch TV during lunch. Rhys has always done the worst with lunch, but letting him eat lunch on the TV tray on the couch helps him to eat more. We try our very hardest to avoid TV during snack times and breakfast and dinner.

It helps me

Yes, sometimes I let the TV be the babysitter. Which mom hasn’t done that at one time or another? First, I try to get Rhys involved with toys or coloring before resorting to the TV. I blog from home as well as do some freelancing and virtual assisting, and sometimes, I really need to focus on a deadline, especially since I try not to work on the laptop once Justin comes home from work. There are also times when I feel like absolute crap due to this pregnancy or the migraines that I periodically get where it’s quite the struggle to actually get out of bed. The TV is definitely on more often than not on those days. Thankfully, those days are few.

Again, I want to emphasize RHYS DOES NOT WATCH TV ALL DAY NOR AM I CONDONING THAT! Rhys is not obsessed or addicted to TV and no kid should ever be glued to the TV. There should definitely be limitations to letting young children (actually, any child) watch TV.

Tips to Letting Your Toddler Watch TV

Have set times for the TV or limit the amount of time

I try to only have the TV on for the 30 minutes between Rhys waking up and breakfast, during lunch, and then maybe a family movie before bed. Some days are much better than others and some days are worse. But, as long as you have a goal of limitation, that is a huge step. When the TV time is done, it is done. Don’t give in. I typically use the excuse “it’s broken and we have to wait till Daddy comes home to fix it.” Yes, it’s a little white lie, but then Rhys will get occupied with something else and completely forget about the TV for the rest of the day.

All things in moderation

When a show is over, it is over and the TV goes off. Be firm. Get your child interacting in something else. Make sure you are still reading to your child every day! As a mother and a teacher, I cannot emphasize this enough!!! Reading is the most important thing you can do for your children! We try to read a lot of books right before bed, as well as interspersed throughout the day. Whenever Rhys asks me to read a book, I put whatever I’m working on down and read to him. Make sure they get plenty of outside time–kids needs to run around and be active. Make playdates–they shouldn’t get all their interactive and social learning from shows. They need to actually learn in person. Play with your children. The TV is should not be a substitute for you.

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Watch with them and interact with them

I’ve read that watching TV can limit toddler’s progression and speech…well, Rhys is learning better with the shows he watches because they are interactive. I will sit sometimes and watch with him. I’ll ask Rhys questions about the show–what a character is feeling, which character is which, what shape they are asking for, what number are they showing, what just happened, etc. It makes Rhys think more and process what he has just seen better.

Be picky about what they watch

I love Nick Jr, Disney Jr, and PBS kids. Not only are they completely age appropriate for Rhys, but before each show, the network will tell parents what their kids will learn in the show. I don’t let Rhys watch regular cartoons. If I’m going to let him watch TV, I want him learning from it. I also allow him to watch Disney animated films because I grew up watching them. They are great stories and have morals to learn.

I know this isn’t for every parent. I know that many parents don’t let toddlers (or kids) watch TV at all. However, this is what works for us. If you are going to be judgmental, keep it to yourself. We are all trying our best as moms.

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.