No advice--I'll keep thinking--but I really commiserate.
We were at the kids' cousins for Thanksgiving and the kids watch quite a few movies. No wonder parents are addicted to tv for their kids! They get cranky? pop in a movie! Want a happy hour with adult conversation? How about a movie? Need to clean up after the festivities? Here's a new movie!!!!
But in the long run life is much better without tv. And messier!
How old are your kids?
Happy mom to DS2000, DS2002, DD2004, DS2006 and DS 10/2009: