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Yeah, we are the only people we know whose toddler doesn't watch any TV, videos, computer etc.
However, I know people who:
co-sleep long term
nurse well past infancy
drink raw milk
and on and on
These are seriously outside the mainstream things, but no TV at 3?
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You can always try moving to Ithaca, NY, where, as an acquaintance of mine once joked, people have to make up excuses for having seen something on TV (e.g., I happened to be walking through the department store's TV section, when I saw... I was over at a friend's house & they had the TV on...)!
You are not alone. We are just a very tiny minority
Every once in awhile I think about caving and pulling the tv out of the closet. Inevitably something happens that makes me so happy we are tv-free. My husband has been dying to watch football and the World Series, so I was thinking of setting up the TV in the living room as a surprise for him. Then on Friday we had a playdate at the park with a boy from my son's preschool class. The boy played for about 10 minutes before he started whining to go home & watch Batman. It was a gorgeous, sunny Autumn day, and this kid wanted to watch a Batman episode that he's seen a million times before.
The 10 minutes he did play on the playground involved him running around & shouting, "I have machine guns in my butt!" Apparently this is a quote from the movie Astro Boy. I was so incredibly happy to be tv-free.
Hang in there!
Yeah, my in laws also think that we are depriving our children if they don't have a television. I think it's a generational thing. In the 1950s and 1960s, television was promoted as an educational tool--it could introduce children to things that they have no immediate access to, like other lands and cultures. Unfortunately, it hasn't turned out that way, has it?