Telly bad – mumum bad

Special-K just left, waving good-bye to me from behind a enormous spider-web hanging across the drive way which was still being spun by a lumpy little spider as we watched, bobbing about in the cool breeze. It was quite beautiful and will no doubt be gone by the morning.
I was a bad mum today and spent a lot of time working on some illustrations while Amelia watched Maisy. She loves Maisy, and the Hooley Dooleys, and Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo… I have been a bad, bad mum who every day has the intention to not let her watch more than half and hour of television, but then things come up and then other things come up and suddenly two hours have passed and I tear into the lounge in a panic and switch it off in favour of some crazy-annoying music about camels with five humps or songs with lyrics that go like “Yes I’m a slug, ooh YUCK, and I’m slimy, I’m a slug, ooh Yuck and I’m gooey”. You see, finally I am over the illustrator’s block that I was suffering from and I have finished three main pieces in two days and I just couldn’t let it rest while it all seemed to be coming together. I am sure Amelia doesn’t mind in the slightest. We were all around and she was totally entertained, but it was sunny and mild outside and we could have been doing so many things.

So now instead of worrying too much I will link you to a fabulous photo of another child whose mother manages to get work done while he enjoys his favourite show.

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9 Responses

  1. Oh Claire, do not despair! You were on a roll, breaking through that block. Feel no guilt!
    And besides a girl’s gotta watch a little Maisy, right?

  2. well at least she’s watching the good stuf on tele :p

  3. Claire, you’re doing superfine and fantastic, and I’m so glad to hear that you’re working and enjoying it. Let the worries go, PARTICULARLY if Amelia is not minding it in the slightest. None of this ‘bad mum’ stuff now, you hear? (said she who should perhaps take this advice to heart as well, ahem…)

  4. TV is every mothers friend on the days when you are at home with a little one and desperate to get something done. I do exactly the same thing, TV is my bribe for an hours peace and quiet when I want to work on the sewing machine or sketch out some new ideas. I’m sure there are much worse things we could be doing to our children!

  5. Well, my take on this (probably biased because I’m justifying mine watching tv) is that TV is a whole lot better than it was when we were little. There are so many good things for them to watch these days. I sat for hours in front of BAD tv when I was little! Anyway, I feel your pain….I have the same guilt issues!

  6. Yes, there are far more better things to watch nowadays and Amelia will turn out just fine. Maisy is a fabulous show–great design and colors and simple style. And you can’t go wrong with anything Pixar, eh? Loved that one photo. My wife has found me in the exact same pose many times, staring blankly without a hint of acknowledgement from her while deeply immersed in whatever’s on TV. You’re doing just fine, Claire. In fact, I’m dying to see what you’re cooking up. Care to give us a lookie-loo anytime soon? Hmmm?

  7. thanks folks. I think I wrote that post hoping that some people would comment and reassure me about my bad mummying… Ward – re. what I am working on… it’s all top secret! 😉 All will be revealed in time.

  8. My son also watches too much tv (tele!) and loves all the shows listed above, plus many, many more. I don’t think tv is bad for children so long as their not watching junk.

  9. I used the wrong word above, I meant they’re, not their. I caught it after I had sent the comment.