Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meet our unpaid nannies: Mrs. Netflix and Ms. iPad

I'm over at "The Mom Scene" today talking about new year's resolutions for parents -- specifically, my own list of things I'm trying to work on.


One of the biggies is technology: cutting back on our beloved unpaid nannies, Mrs. Netflix and Ms. iPad.
With digital cable, we asked the kids to decide on a show, the PVR played it, it returned to a blank screen when the show was over, and we turned the TV off. No muss, no fuss. But Netflix provides them with an endless run flow of kiddie programming, without any gaps between shows. 
I’m loading the dishwasher, and suddenly they’re part-way into a second episode of Littlest Pet Shop. Don’t try stopping in the middle of an episode, because they’re just as horrified as if I tried to spoil a season finale. They simply must find out if Blythe earns the gratitude of the Biskit twins!
So pop over to check out the full column, if you're so inclined, and I would be so appreciative!

(Oh dear. The terrible irony is that while I'm writing this post, they are watching Netflix ...)


2 comments:

Jenna said...

We recently discovered you can disable the continuous play on netflix! (much to the disappointment of my two year old-only one episode of Dora for you!)

From the netflix website: navigate to Your Account, click Playback Settings, then uncheck the option to Play next episode automatically

Heather Laura Clarke said...

Ooh! I had no idea. Thanks, Jenna. I will have to try that!