We have a TV, but only 2 channels. The news channel and PBS. I just wanted to comment on the no TV approach. It seems to my dh and I, that everything should be in moderation. My dh grew up in a family of strict religious beliefs that included, no TV, no shorts or short sleeve shirts, no going to the movies, no school dances, and the list goes on. My dh never felt like pushing the rules, although he did at times, but what happend was he became divided amongst (sp?) his peers. He didn't blend in well because of all the radical rules his parents made him go by.
So, in my opinion, we shouldn't make our children feel like the TV is so bad. Rather monitor what they can watch and make sure it's appropriate for age level. I'm not saying let your children watch TV everyday, all day.
I think all of the bad rap from TV stems from parents who let their children sit in front of it whenever they want all day long. In that sense, the TV has become a babysitter for many children. That's where the damage to their mind comes in. It's not good for their brain development, we all should know that.
Our household does not watch much of it. My dh and I just rented our first movie since our dd was born, she's 11 mos old. It took us two days and many pauses to watch the whole thing. Our lives are centered around daily activity and getting together with other children to play. But on occassion we enjoy watching our dd get to watch a developmentally appropriate program that she is enjoying.
Everything in Moderation