When I was told that this month’s writing topic for Family Fund was the power of technology, I wondered if I should take part. Because, honestly - the first thing that sprung to my mind was our television and more specifically, YouTube *hides*.

I know that this doesn’t make me sound like Mum of the year, trust me. And I barely want to admit it to you, but sometimes the television is well, quite frankly a god send. At home, away, and in hospital.

Brody wakes at 5 o’something every day. Parents of early risers everywhere will know that CBeebies doesn’t start until 6am (do they know nothing?!). And even then, listening to the dulcet tones of Granny Murray of “Me Too!” at an ungodly hour is never a good way to start the day.

Then we discovered that we could watch YouTube on our television via a device (Apple TV if anyone’s wondering), literally - angels sang. It was a game changer.

Enter the world of Surprise Eggs (why, oh why?), Bob the Glow Train, Ryan’s Toy Review (the most spoilt child that ever existed), and a million versions of the Daddy Finger song (*grits teeth*). Admittedly, half of the stuff we watch has Incy Wincy Spider music in the background, but if it keeps him quiet and entertained then hey, we’ll take it.

My boy also loves a bit of music. So much so, he recognises the small photos of the videos he likes on Vevo and points to them whilst screeching in excitement. Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling and Pharrell’s Happy are his favs. He also likes a bit of The Proclaimers.  So, it’s great for a bit of dancing fun around the living room.

Despite not having the concentration or understanding to sit and watch an entire film (but loves flapping to the credits at the end), the television can offer us some brief respite and rescue us from some tricky situations. For example, it can distract him when he’s frustrated or having sensory issues with food. In hospital, it’s there when he’s having EEG wires connected to his head or when we’re bored in our room and have exhausted walking the corridors and play room.

I think it’s fair to say that kids can learn from the television too. And ok, I’ll admit it - me too sometimes! I’m slightly embarrassed to say I’d never heard of a dodecagon until watching the Kids TV 123 shapes song.

I am also going to sound nuts, but whilst I’m putting it all out there, sometimes the song videos that Brody likes the most from films give me a gentle nudge on the harder days. Or are just written to make me well-up. “You’ve Got a Friend in me” from Toy Story, and most recently, “Try Everything” from Zootropolis. Sharika bellowing “I want to try everything, I want to try even though I could fail” has reduced me to tears more than once.

Pixar Cars was also the first thing that Brody really liked. And it was just lovely as we waited a long time for him to like a character. He’s since done the rounds with Toy Story 1, 2 and 3, Monsters Inc and Monsters University. Currently, he’s liking Madagascar – or more specifically the “I like to move it, move it” song!

So, yep – television, I owe you one. And I’m not ashamed to admit it!

I’ll leave you with the words of Randy Newman, who really wrote this song for me and Brody – not Woody and Buzz.

You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got troubles, and I've got 'em too
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you
We stick together and can see it through
'Cause you've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too, maybe
But none of them will ever love you
The way I do, it's me and you, boy
And as the years go by
Our friendship will never die
You're gonna see it's our destiny
You've got a friend in me

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