TV or not TV? That is the question...I think as long as what your children watch on the box is decent and age appropriate - there is not a whole lot to worry about.
I know all these anti tv mamma's would scream at me and point out all the studies that shows tv is bad bad bad! But they are always gonna be out there and I'd like to see how well they do banning the box from teenage kids who will just watch it at a friends house, anyway. I'd also love to see these anti - tv mamma's entertain a bedridden child for an extended period of time w/o it.
It's the same hysteria thru out the ages; Rock Bands lead to youth suicide, TV is a bad influence, Children should not eat sweets but c'mon! Give us a break!!! We will use our discretion and correct these problems as they arise - if infact they do arise at all!!! What do these anti - TV mamma's say when their child starts to use the internet at school or watches an 'educational' video in the classroom? Not all TV is bad for us or our kids and in moderation with adult supervision of programs allowed - it helps them to learn the basics and challenges them to ask questions about the world around them.
We dont tie our kids to the couch - they are free to play outside as well for crying out loud. I think parents that are too controlling are a bigger problem in society than tv junkies are anyhow. They will eventually become engaged in a power struggle with their kids that ruins a relationship between parent and child quicker than a few episodes of "Blues Clues". TV is here to stay - so kids may as well learn healthy TV habits now than later!
By the way, it is great when you are pregnant and require "bedrest" while you have a 2 year old to rekon with!! Sure gives me the slow down I must have to avoid another miscarriage - and it keeps my 2 year old boy happy too. Bed rest is impossible but using the tv to distract some of the never ending demands is the next best thing. We also read alot of stories together.
Do what you feel is right ... b/c it probably is!!