No TV here, either; but we do have "movie nights." When dd is sick, she can watch TV as much as she wants. Yes, I try my best to interact with her and do other things; but when she's really sick, even the sound of my voice can irritate her. So dh brings home videos from the library and it's entirely her choice how much she watches. Why shouldn't she have a little "guilty pleasure" when she feels miserable? She can't really read yet (she's 5), so she doesn't have that option. When I'm sick, I get dh to bring home trashy magazines and read those. But even I like a movie when I feel crappy. Also, I think it gives dd a sense of control to get to choose something when her body isn't feeling good. Thankfully, we don't get sick very often (touch wood)! Not sure if our rules would change if it was a frequent occurrence. There is usually a bit of a "detox" that has to happen for a day or two post-illness, but nothing major. Honestly, there's not much I wouldn't do to help my babe feel better when she's sick. One time, she had a NASTY virus with a fever of 104 for over a week (maybe scarlet fever). She'd been asking for purple Crocs for MONTHS. Well, when I went to fill a prescription for her, the sports store was right next door. On impulse, I went to buy her the shoes. I swear they did more to make her feel better than the medicine did. She wore them in bed and slept with them on. It's all about morale.