Now, I may have a crazy view of the world, but as a cultural anthropologist, social worker, mom and educator I cannot understand how we can treat the most precious role we have in life, that as caregivers and parents, as something that boils down to time and not quality. I even notice differences between how my child reacts to seeing a feature length film vs 90 minutes of TV shows back to back. And if we watch the movie or participate in ‘screen time’ together as a family, the quality measure changes again.
I suspect I’m not brilliant, but just like most parents who notice these things about our kids unique interactions with their environment … we mothers are all a bit like Diane Fossey studying a tribe of gorillas when it comes to our kids. We do it both out of love but also for survival, to understand what our kids need to make it in the world and how to help them navigate a sea of challenges to their attention spans, temperaments and desires.