I don't limit my children's TV watching. They probably watch way more than average, I think they watch 2-4 hours a day. They are awake for 11 hours so I figure they aren't watching a lot more than they are. They regulate their own TV watching and turn it off when they are done and go play. My friends children are the exact same age as mine, their birthdays are within a month of my children's, and they are only allowed to watch 1 hour a day at most. But whenever we are over playing both of her kids are constantly asking to turn the TV on whereas my children can play for hours without even noticing that there is a TV. So my friend spends her time telling them no you can't watch and her kids keep asking. I am starting to think my theory is right - if I let them choose how much they want to watch and let them regulate it themselves then it doesn't become so important to them. I do monitor what they watch of course. Like I said they do watch quite a bit but to them it is just another part of their day. If I told them TV was bad they wouldn't have a clue what I meant - its just another thing they do - watch TV, do crafts, go to playgroup, play outside, play games, etc.
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5/5/05 at 9:29am