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I believe kids should be watching a heck of a lot less TV than most do (that's why I browse this forum, looking for alternatives). I tried completely TV free for the kids a while ago and it just didn't work for us. There comes a time of day around 4:30 pm when the kids are cranky and start fighting with each other, I want to tidy and get supper ready and TV is a great distraction. It helps the kids wind down from their busy day of playing. It helps me do my chores in peace. The kids are used to the routine, they know that they can't watch any TV until just before dinner. No TV after dinner. They watch a mix of educational stuff (like Super Why, Magic School Bus) and some stuff that just pure entertainment. It works out to about 6-7 hours a week (including our Saturday night family movie night where we all watch together). It's a big improvement on the 32 hours a week that I often see used as the average that most kids watch.
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