I have noticed a lot of threads in Toddlers about 2-3 year-olds and phases involving constant meltdowns (duh), many mentioning battles over TV. A few have said their issues went away or significantly diminished once they got rid of TV/videos. Now, we are avoiding all screens up to 2 years old, and once we move (when babe will be about 12 months) and no longer share cable, we will be getting rid of that (but still have Netflix, DVDs, etc.) I am one who doesn't think there's anything inherently wrong with the medium of television (including non-commercial videos) for kids-- at least kids over 2 or so. I had been loosely considering one short video or non-commercial program per day after 2-- active (meaning we watch it with her and talk about it, not use it to buy time for chores or whatever).
But now I'm thinking it might be just as well to avoid TV/video for a while if it truly is something that is frequently a battleground... But this only makes real sense if TV is actually the significant CAUSE of (or contributes in a major way to) tantrums-- that is, if you don't have a TV or watch videos (or only rarely), does that just mean the tantrums are about books, or the park? I mean, obviously basically every 2 y.o. has tantrums regardless, but will there be fewer tantrums without TV/videos, or will there be the same total number, but about different things instead? If there are likely to be significantly fewer tantrums without TV/videos, that does suggest something about the medium or usual content or typical usage or SOMETHING inherent in TV, no? Hmmmm... And if so, I'd rather plan to avoid TV/videos for longer.
Just trying to feel all this out-- thanks!
Edited by buko - 7/10/13 at 2:26pm