Boob tube. Idiot box. Ahh television…I limit myself to Hells Kitchen and football Sundays (I’m gonna have a whole entry on that topic). My youngest hasn’t discovered it’s beguiling siren song yet but my eldest would sit in front of the tv all day if left to his own devices. (I reckon that’s why they have parents, right?) He watches cartoons on PBS while eating breakfast and is currently a big fan of Curious George. Also I have discovered the magic of the Internet which means he can request SpongeBob at any time of night or day and know that he can enjoy the wacky adventures of that cleaning implement at a moment’s notice. Back in my day we had to wait for our shows to come on and blah blah blah uphill in the snow both ways ….
The question is: How much is too much? I’m sure that I could find a million studies that would back up any sort of opinion I might have. Despite what the studies might say, I think you can tell when it’s become too much. Turn off the TV at any point during a show that your child is watching and watch the reaction.
- If the child just turns away without any reaction then they should definitely watch more TV. Also, are they eating enough candy bars? After all, you don’t want your child to be some kind of social leper.
- If the child says “Oh Dad…” and goes about their day, then that’s just right. Congratulate yourself on being a kickass dad and crack open a cold one after the kids have gone to bed.
- If the child says “C’mon Dad !!” and then bursts into tears then you probably need to cut back a bit. Try 10 min less a day until you reach stage 2.
- If the child screams ” Oh God NOOOOO……….” then proceeds to destroy the house through the power of their mind then you blew it. Have another kid and this time try not to let then watch so much TV.
Allright, I’m glad we could have this little talk. Lemme know what you think