We have been experimenting with eliminating TV on certain days in our house. We've found, not unsurprisingly, a huge difference in the way that DS acts on days when he's been allowed even minimal amounts of TV. We have Netflix, so he watches commercial-free kids' shows, usually 25-45 minutes in duration. He is 5. DD, who's 3, does not get as mesmerized by the television, and I don't see a real difference from her.
I'd like to limit but not completely eliminate TV. I grew up with no TV most of the time. DH grew up with it in, I suppose, moderate doses, though I consider it pretty TV-heavy. DH still LOVES to watch television & movies, and I'd like them on occasion, which is why we don't want to eliminate altogether.
So...if you do limited TV, how do you handle it? I'm thinking of saying that they can watch 2 short shows on Friday evenings and maybe a family movie on Saturday or Sunday as permitted. I'm definitely seeing that TV during the week is a BAD idea for us.
Also, do you indicate in any way if it's a no-TV day? DS knows his days of the week, but I still thought of covering the TV with a nice cloth or something as a visual reminder.