I want to begin by saying that I DO respect the consistency of the unschoolers who have posted. The parents who I am frustrated with are the ones who make so many choices for their kids like: they can't eat refined sugar because it's bad for their teeth or they can't eat white flour because it may lead to allergies, or who frown on people who smoke around their kids, and then let them have unlimited access to the tv, even though the research has shown it's ill effects on brain development. I guess the candy bowl analogy wasn't a good one. To me television is much more dangerous to the developing brain than M&Ms (although that red dye is pretty nasty stuff!) As for doing other things while watching... I'm not sure I think that 's so great. I would much rather see my kids fully engaged in one activity, be it knitting, dancing (or watching a film) than only partially focusing on more than one... I realized I couldn't have a tv and then try to restrict it, I think that could lead to all kinds of unhealthy power struggles and hypocritical situations. So, we decided as a family to get rid of it. We have never regretted it. We play more games, read more books, play more music, go for more walks, dance more, paint more,(you get the picture). By the way, I do consider myself an unschooler, just one without a television! I hope that I haven't offended anyone, that is really not my intention.
post #21 of 50
1/30/05 at 8:58pm