|View Poll Results: How much television viewing do you allow?|
|Weekly limit 1-3 hours||8||9.41%|
|Daily limit of 1 hr per day or less||10||11.76%|
|Daily limit varies||16||18.82%|
|Special occassions & videos (monthly)||7||8.24%|
|unrestricted (child & peers decide)||3||3.53%|
|content restriction (no digimon, pokemon...)||6||7.06%|
|educational only (documentaries)||2||2.35%|
|specific stations (ie PBS, Discovery...)||21||24.71%|
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My youngest (almost 3) watches 2 shows that's it.
We just got cable about 6 yr ago and I notice Dh and I watch more because of it. We go back and forth about getting rid of the cable and just having the regular channels. <sigh> I just don;t know.
I'd say over all they may watch TV once a week or once every two weeks for no more than 30 - 45 mintues, but its not a rule or guarantee.
I do screen the movies for the most part. our faves are the sound of music, fantasia, charlotte's web, the sword and the stone, the wizard of oz, and the Muzzy videos we have out from the library.
|Originally posted by 3boys4us
We go back and forth about getting rid of the cable and just having the regular channels. <sigh> I just don;t know.
I voted an hour or less a day but we also restrict the channels.
I'm trying to cut back even more. Should be much easier now that Spring is here!
we dont have cable and wont get it because its too easy for all of us to veg in front of the tube! we dont restrict tv watching at the grandparents house . we want ds to see how they live and what they do and watch. besides i like to watch the tellie when im over there too. its usually the news or a baby story! discovery and tlc are so cool!
I wnated to respond to the commercial thing; dh laughs at me b/c when we're watching TV with 2 yr old dd, I'll say, "See that honey? They're telling you if you use that cream/lotion/hairspray/etc. you'll be beautiful, smart and funny." DD looks at me very solemnly, and shakes her head slowly as she says, "No way; mercials are tewable."
Never let your schooling interfere with your education. ~Mark Twain~
Our t.v just broke so of course I am doing the happy dance and dh is sad b/c he is a major t.v. watcher...lol
Free To Be~
"Living is learning and when kids are living fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don't always know what it is."
When we all seem to be getting a little to dependent on this eletronic entertainment, we put it away for a couple of months. Lately my two year old says 'Can I watch tv?' every time we walk in the front door after an outing...bleh. I have decided that it's time for a 'spring tv break' so on saturday I plan to lug the thing up to the attic. Won't dh be suprised when he gets home?!
I do think tv can be a wonderful resource for information, especially PBS and TLC. I hate to rule it out completely, especially when I find videos to rent of awesome films that never made it to my local theater.
On weekends, ds can watch Saturday morning cartoons until about 10AM, and the TV does not go back on until that magic hour of 8-9PM. On Sundays, the TV is off all say, except for the 8-9PM hour.
We screen all programs before he is allowed to watch them, and he never deviates. This is a child who would rather watch Steve Irwin jump around with crocodiles than Spiderman.
We talked about how we wanted to raise our kids and we both agreed we didn't want them inundated with all the crazy, mixed messages that TV bring into the home. Then, we decided that we wouldn't magically be able to give up TV any better when the kids arrived & we might as well start living the life we want to NOW.
We see TV at our parent's house and that's enough for us. We are always so amazed how TV's are left on while you're trying to TALK and VISIT. So, there is always this barrage of images and commercials competing for your attention.
DD is just 12 weeks now, and already I'm prepared to ask that the TV be off when we visit. We both find that it distracts US from paying attention to DD. Also, I wonder how the TV effects the attention span of developing minds.
As DD gets older, I think we will do movies on the weekends as a family tradition.
I think it's great what my kids do instead of watching TV. Even if they just lay and stare at the ceiling. They use their imaginations, they play together, alone, we play games, we talk. I hate the thought of the TV ever being the center, or even a big part, of our entertainment and/or learning.
I guess I know in my heart to just stop all of the television watching, but my brain doubts my heart. My heart knows that it's better for her to actually go out and see the world and touch it and interact with it than see it on TV. I know that the images are too fast for her 20 month old brain to process sometimes. I do not want her to be a trained consumer (an PBS does the best of selling toys for their shows, in my opinion). Annabelle enjoys it and sometimes it's the only thing I can do to get work done that I can't involve her in. However, if she watches more than three hours a day she is very hard to deal with in that she throws temper tantrums, has no attention span, and won't eat. I do have a limit of no more than two hours a day and *no* tv if the sun is out.
We have Direct tv since our rabbit ears died and Radio Shack doesn't have *any* regular antennas (not at our store, at least). My television watching has gone up, but it's going back down and we are watching shows that are a lot better ("Buffy" got traded in for "Six Feet Under"). The Home and Garden Network has gotten me off my butt so now I am gardening.
It's all such a mixed bag! I get some good, I get some bad and I can't decide which is the larger or better bag. Oiff, such angst for such a small issue.
Momma to Annabelle 8/2/00
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