Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Help! I've Created a TV Addict
... I'm talking about my son Nathan. When he was small, I used the TV as a distraction to get him to eat by mouth. His colon ruptured at birth and he required tube feeding for several years. I'm also guilty of allowing him to watch too much as a way to escape from some of the stress taking care of him ... only now, I'm thinking I have created a bigger problem. We have no TV reception. But he does have a TV/VCR in his bedroom. We also have a TV/VCR in the great room. Before you all tell me to just take the TV out of his room, that's not going to happen (yet). I just need encouragement, prayer, and determination to get his mind in the here and now and not stuck in a re-run movie or cartoon. Once he's weened from the TV I've got to have plenty of other activities to occupy his time. Additional chores, games, books .. outside play (we have no snow this winter :) This is not going to be easy even if he cuts out 1/2 of the TV he watches. He's got sensitivity issues and aversions to being in rooms with more than two or three family members so he retreats to his room. This is a complexity of issues. He does attend school and has developmental therapy six hours a week (at home). It will be a long drawn out process ... I'm not looking forward to any of it. Any suggestions WOULD BE APPRECIATED!