Join Date: Feb 2007
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We are TV-free except for Signing Time. My DD (who will be three in January) has only ever seen ST on TV (well and some recent coverage of the election). We have a bunch of episodes on the Tivo from their run on PBS and she watches a few episodes a week, never more than one at a time. She watches it often with DH in the early morning before anyone else is awake or when I need a few minutes of down time from her.
For us it hasn't been a slippery slope-- as far as leading into any other tv.
We have chosen a TV Free lifestyle for her because of the commercialism and most of the messages in tv programming -- to which I think ST is an exception. I realize others may say we are not really TV free but that's another post. I am okay with he choice we have made to allow Ms. Rachel. DD is very verbal (over 400 words at her second birthday) and now has a enormous signing vocabulary, knows the signed alphabet and has lately started making up spellings for words using the manual alphabet. I see a strong connection between language and reading developing.
When we are in the homes of others where the tv is on (constantly in every room, like my sisters house) my daughter ignores it (and my nieces and nephews who are sucked into it). A few times when someone has mentioned watching tv, she will wait long enough to realize the show is not ST and move on.
I think it is important for you to decide what you need (being a single mom is hard) and what you want for your kiddo. I think if you decide on some firm rules, stay true to them then I don't see any issues with the choice to include ST, even if you want a so called "TV-Free" environment.
ETA- We also have the ST CDs and often sign and sing the music. Occasionally if DD will ask to watch and I think it's just because she isn't focused on anything else--I suggest the CD instead. It usually works.
Well, this is certainly an encouraging post -- thank you! I like the idea of getting some of the CDs (are they the same songs, or -- ?) We've been doing well so far on my cold turkey plan -- and my son has been able to keep himself somewhat occupied during the dinner-making hour recently -- playing in the kitchen, making trains out of boxes etc.
The truth is -- *I* kind of miss ST! I'm not a big TV watcher -- in fact, the only TV I watch at all these days is Netflix shows, e.g. The Wire. But as I said in the original post, I really do like the ST content. I think I'll try to wait until he hits two, and reevaluate then.