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Our Thursday Photo #55

This week can only be described as trying. 

When I thought I couldn’t possibly taken on any more work or responsibilities, a few more things were thrown at me. It’s a good job I learnt to juggle as a child, it is a life skill that’s serving me well. 

Libby has been somewhat truculent. She didn’t seem very well earlier in the week, although with hindsight I think she was probably just tired from a busy weekend. 

Because she didn’t seem quite herself, I let her have some time just relaxing on the sofa and watching nursery rhymes on the computer. 

Both girls enjoy this, they sing along and do the actions (Lia doing so in her own inimitable way). But it’s not something I let them do very often, partly because we are usually just too busy. 

But every time I let Libby have any form of screen time, her behaviour just seems to deteriorate. 

For the last few days, she has been particularly stroppy. She has been demanding her own way and we’ve been having a constant battle with her and her tantrums. 

Today, after yet another tantrum I told her that she wasn’t watching nursery rhymes again until she started to behave herself again. 

It was like flipping a switch – she has been behaving much better since then. 

I don’t know whether there is any research into the link between screen time and behaviour, but this is something I’ll be looking up. I may well write a blog post about it in the future. 

But for now, the lid to the computer is remaining firmly closed. 

With or without the computer to sing along to, both girls enjoy a good sing song. Today’s Thursday Photo #55 was taken during their sing along at bedtime.

Libby sings and they both do the actions. I think Lia was just watching this evening but Libby was getting very animated. 




  1. May 28, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    It’s a real tricky one. I must admit, Lewis and Holly had too much screen time and as a consequence I have not allowed Rose hardly any. That means/meant no tv during the day, I just didn’t want her to become a slave to it.

    Up until now she has shown no interest at all and didn’t even know what cbeebies was..there’s a but though, after she injured her eye we were spending a lot of time glued to the sofa and I showed her cbeebies. She is now demonstrating quite a lot of love for Mr Tumble and keeps saying ‘Tuuuuumbool’ even when it’s not on (quite cute!) we are now back to normal but she is asking for the tv more which has made me a bit sad/worried she will get addicted!

    I guess in summary what I’m saying is; it is ok in moderation but speaking from experience there is such a thing as too much xx

    • May 28, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you Amy that’s really useful to know. I’m going to restrict it again I think. I’m also going to do some further research and do a proper blog post about it some time, I’d really like to know whether there is any scientific connection.xx

  2. May 29, 2015 / 6:02 am

    There’s a lot of research and most of it says its damaging! You’ve seen it for yourself! I know my younger son particularly can get very stroppy if things don’t go his way with his games or he’s dragged off before he wants to get off. That’s why I’ve put my screen time rules in place and they’re generally working pretty well.
    Glad taking it away was good for Libby and that’s a lovely photo 🙂

    • May 29, 2015 / 7:24 am

      Thank you Sarah, I remember reading how successful your screen limit was. Definitely something I’ll do with mine as they get older. In fact I’ll be coming to you for advice, it sounds like you’ve really got it right.x

  3. Izzie Anderton
    May 29, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Happy to hear that time away from the computer has helped with Libby’s behaviour. Here’s hoping she continues to improve x

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