Originally Posted by Greaseball
I figure it's OK as long as they have plenty of non-TV things they enjoy doing.
For those with TV-free kids...are the adults also TV-free?
Yes. We cancelled our satellite tv. We could have gotten an antenna to receive local tv, but we haven't. The adults watch videos occasionally, as do the kids.
I've seen this a bunch around here lately. This isn't a "ha, ha, I'm better than you because I don't watch tv." It really isn't a competition.
But I'm seeing people on both sides get defensive like they're way of life is being attacked. It isn't.
Don't be threatened because I turned my tv off.
I do it, because it is good for us
. We are living much healthier now because it is off. My dd (3.5) only rarely asks to watch anything. When she does, I usually let her.
But she has found that there are usually things that she would prefer to do now. Before I shut the tv off, she never looked for those other things. She only wanted to watch tv.
A note about marketing, though, as it seems that people are very quick to assure everyone that their kids watch commercial-free shows. Those shows are one big commercial. Clifford has a whole line of toys that go with the show. As does every show on Disney, and almost every show on Noggin and Nick Jr. See the show, buy the stuff. Not to mention that Ronald McDonald is running around doing music videos on all these stations. No, we don't have burgers shoved in front of our faces, but our kids are smart. They see all the kids in the video running around with Ronald having a great time, and they want to go to McDonald's.
When she is older, I will be able to discuss these things with her. What do you think the commercial/show was trying to tell us? How did it make you feel? Do you think that is what was intended? Etc.
Right now, she's three, and all she knows is that the kid in her preschool class has a Dora The Explorer umbrella, so she wants one too. And she hasn't watched that show for 6 months!