by Emory Liscord MD
Did I get your attention?
It was a Monday night. I worked all weekend.
Pete spent all weekend as a single parent to a 2 and 4 year old.
Family dinner complete, we were desperate for a break from toddler chatter.
We all cozied up on the coach for an enthralling episode of “Clifford the Big Red Dog”
We made sure to follow the American Pediatric Associations guidelines on screen time
- Minimize if possible (check)
- Something educational (check)
- Watch along side your child (………. really?)
We hadn’t had an adult conversation in three days and here we were humming the Clifford theme song while our children stared at the screen in a state of catatonia
This struck me as ridiculous. We were using the TV as a babysitter but not taking advantage!
Why not just embrace our parental failures and enjoy?!
Off we went to the kitchen for an adult beverage.
What a brilliant discovery!
One hour of booze and adult conversation with no little voices in the back ground
I was too embarrassed to admit that this has occurred with some regular frequency since this first night until I listened to this amazing episode of Hidden Brain entitled
I think marriage has become harder over the past few decades for two main reasons.
- We expect our spouse to meet all our emotional needs (now that most of us marry for love and not political/social reasons)
- We don’t prioritize time together
Before we get married we pull from a variety of people to support us socially and emotionally (friends, family, colleagues)
Then we get married and expect our spouse to do the job of all these different people
Talk about expectations.
We want the person we marry to “make us want to be a better person”
Thats some serious pressure.
On top of this, we don’t prioritize our relationship
I feel this might have to do with the social pressures of being the perfect parent.
As a modern day parent we are expected to engage with our children ALL the time in some meaningful way.
Dude, its exhausting and impossible
So, you know what?
Im just going to embrace that sometimes …
TV makes the best babysitter ..