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Nadia Sawalha Says TV Was Her ‘Best Parenting Tool’

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The Loose Women’s panel is of the opinion that after a discussion whether children should be allowed to watch cartoons in the children’s room. Mother of two, Nadia Sawalha, said television was her “best parenting tool” when her children were young.

Nadia was on today’s ITV show with Carole McGiffin, Brenda Edwards and Christine Lampard, with Carole, who has no children, who labeled TV ‘bad’ and said she would never let her kids watch it if they had.

It comes after a mother went to Mumsnet to ask if she was unreasonable to complain that her son was watching cartoons at his £1,200 a month nursery.

The anonymous woman from the UK wrote: ‘My almost 3 year old has been going to the same nursery since we moved to the UK from Australia last year.

“I’m happy with the nursery and he really likes it there, his brother who is 18 months started a few months ago and I’ve had no complaints but when I picked him up tonight he was watching cartoons with five other kids.” looking at a large computer screen, this is the third night in as many weeks that this has been the case.

“Of course he watches TV at home, although we try to be on the strict side, but nevertheless, am I unreasonable to expect him not to watch TV at the nursery?

‘I’m currently paying £1200 a month for both of them to attend three days each as I work full time night shifts, it kind of puts me off paying over a third of my salary in childcare and then finding him sitting down . watch TV.’

Shocked at the nursery, Brenda Edwards, who has two children, said: “She said she watches the TV when she’s home and that’s a parent’s responsibility when you’re at home, you do what you want to do.” .

‘But if you pay 1200 pounds a month to teach your child, you want that child to learn backstroke, flip stroke you want that child to learn another language.

‘At that age, a child can pick up on anything.

“And the same way you can put a kid in front of a television and they watch cartoons, and they pick up those bad habits or whatever that cartoon is watching.

The Loose Women’s panel is of the opinion that after a discussion whether children should be allowed to watch cartoons in the children’s room. Mother of two, Nadia Sawalha, said television was her “best parenting tool” when her children were young.

“That kid will take that home.

‘Educational program, I have no problem with that, if they learn phonetics, they learn to talk, they learn to talk to each other.

‘I have no problem with that, but give me back my 1200 pounds.

Carole added: “I’m not defending the TV because if I had kids they wouldn’t come near it, and I swear that’s the truth. People say ‘you can’t say you have kids’, no that’s exactly why I can say it.

‘I’m very serious. I worry about television the same way I worry about surveillance and CCTV, because I think it could be a bit of a bad thing I guess.

“I’m on television because the fact that it’s become such an important part of life and that of most people is very hard to ignore and I think there are a lot of people and I think it starts at a very young age people really believe everything they hear on tv everything and they are so influenced by the advertising by the subliminal messages that you get the dramas and also in kids programs happen and i am

Nadia attended today's ITV show with Carole McGiffin (pictured), Brenda Edwards and Christine Lampard, with Carole, who has no children, labeled TV 'bad' and said she would never let her kids watch it if she had them.

Nadia attended today’s ITV show with Carole McGiffin (pictured), Brenda Edwards and Christine Lampard, with Carole, who has no children, labeled TV ‘bad’ and said she would never let her kids watch it if she had them.

Nadia hit back, “Well, I know I understand what you’re saying. I love television, I love to tell that my parents used to pull the plug, they took over the area, we would get a coat hanger, we would find a way to turn off the television.

“And for me it was what it was to raise one of my greatest allies.

Viewers had mixed opinions on the matter, with one writing: ‘Maybe they’ll just get on the TV at the end of the day when kids have put away all the toys and are waiting for parents #LooseWomen

Another adds: ‘Certainly at Kwekerij, everything revolves around interaction. No television. If your nursery thinks kids watching TV is correct and useful or even makes adults’ lives easier, then you need to move them. #LooseWomen

A third commented: ‘My friend has a 3-year-old daughter who forbids her from watching TV.

“She has now been diagnosed as a selective mute with the lack of TV being one of the problems. Educational TV programs for children are important for the development of children. #LooseWomen

Viewers had mixed opinions on the matter, with one writing: 'Maybe they'll just get on the TV at the end of the day when kids have put away all the toys and are waiting for parents #LooseWomen

Viewers had mixed opinions on the matter, with one writing: ‘Maybe they’ll just get on the TV at the end of the day when kids have put away all the toys and are waiting for parents #LooseWomen

Many people in the comments said that many nurseries do this in the last 20 minutes/wait for parents to pick up their children.

However, the mother stated that she picked them up early at 4:45 PM, as one of her children was ill, and that the nursery’s closing time is 6:00 PM, so this was not a practice at the end of the day.

People were still divided, one user commented: ‘Our crèche does it with the last children to be picked up, so from 4.30 pm. I think it would annoy me if it was during the day.’

Another user replied, ‘YABU (you’re being unreasonable). They run around all day with a lot of mental stimulation, I’d be really happy if mine calmed down a bit watching TV just before I picked them up.’

“As long as it’s not all day, I wouldn’t mind.” Another said, they added: “It’s hard work taking care of the little ones, especially when they’re super excited, so it’s a good idea for everyone to take a little break and calm down.”

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