I won’t lie. The summer holidays have been fun but tough too.
Being a WAHM in the holidays is like being the only actress performing in mission impossible, playing all roles yourself and not very well, and many even half-heartedly.
After dinner times with my energy levels flagging and almost disappearing I’ve been bathing the kids and then allowing them to watch Netflix in my bed while I tackle the dishes and the tidying up in peace.
At the age of 5 Emmy can work this on her own now so she is in control of flicking through and finding a programme for her and Harry, she sometimes choose one and just watch a few episodes as they just roll on once one has finished. Other times she will get bored and change to something else. Netflix in my bedroom is played on our Roku stream stick so the control for this is very basic making changing programmes very easy.
I’m not sure if it is over tiredness or just a school holiday lack of routine which tends to slip in but the children’s behaviour has been questionable lately and I’ve reached the end of my tether. There has been fighting, bickering, shouting and ignoring many things I have asked them to do and NO has been a favourite word.
It has been this which has led to me letting the children have some quiet time in my room watching TV, as a busy mum I admit to needing a little time to myself and this is my way of gaining 10 minutes peace and quiet.
A favourite programme during these calm down and unwind periods has been Horrid Henry, I’d not paid much attention to it really. It’s put on upstairs while I clear up in the evenings and I would then turn it off to read bedtime stories.
It was only when Emmy started calling her brother ‘worm’ and I questioned where that had come from did I sit and watch an episode or two. I wish I has done this earlier as it is now banned for life!
Henry really is horrid and Emmy had been copying his behaviour, following things he had done on screen and generally being mean to her brother, and me which really isn’t like her.
Now I know some of this behavioural change has come about due to the loss of her Nanny, it’s still very raw for us all and she is struggling to express herself and her grief, however taking toys away from Harry, blaming him when she has broken something or lost it, and generally trying to get him into trouble isn’t expectable and I do think this is a copied behaviour.
I have now banned Emmy and Harry from watching Horrid Henry, it really isn’t a programme I think is suitable for them and definitely isn’t behaviour I would like to encourage.
I posted about this on my personal Facebook page and found that I am not the only parent to have this ban in place.
Annoyingly I have found that currently you can not block shows on Netflix so I do hope this is a feature which maybe rolled out soon as I just have to keep checking they’ve not put it on when I have left the room (they haven’t yet but I know they will).
You are able to set parental controls for each profile so I have Emmy’s and Harry’s currently set for ‘Little Kids’ as opposed to ‘older kids’ and have ticked the under 12’s box – sadly for me Horrid Henry appears in the little kids selection so there isn’t anything I can physically do to stop it being played.
Are there programmes which you have now stopped your children from watching?
Disclaimer: Although I am a member of the Netflix Streamteam, I have not been asked to write this post, it comes from sheer frustration and my hatred of this programme.