North's '3 lighthouses' made from clay while I was doing my own clay modelling assignments for school
Indigo having a go at cutting (with a wooden knife and play food)
North has been TV-free (except for a few videos on long flights) since he was about 18 months old. Indigo has been TV-free her whole life- she's almost 2 now. It's now come to a point where I don't consider TV an option even when I'm trying to get dinner on, the children are tired and grumpy and everything seems to be unravelling. It's just not a part of our family life. And as a result, I really believe my kids have had more time than most to learn how to play. It sounds silly, because you'd think that children would just naturally know how to play... and they do if they are given enough opportunities to practice: they practice through imitation. When my children are playing imitatively, they are more focused, calm and centred than at any other time. If I allowed them to wash clothes and dishes in the bathtub all day, they surely would. They adore 'meaningful work' more than anything else- helping with dinner, sweeping the floors, setting the table, raking the leaves, passing me pegs to hang the laundry... it gives them such satisfaction.
North 'writing' a story. We were on a bush walk and came across some charcoal.
North hanging his doll's clothes to dry after washing them by hand
I know I haven't always made the best parenting decisions for my children, but I can honestly say I am so happy and proud that we have decided out children will be TV-free through their early years. We won't be TV-free forever, but for now, I am so very grateful that we are.