I'm debating getting rid of the TV but my main concern is that if at some point we reintroduce the TV that it will have grown to this big huge exciting thing that the kids (only have one at moment but planning more) will become obsessed with - you know, like the forbidden fruit they are finally allowed to have?? Last spring we let Alex have complete freedom with TV (well, a couple of DVDs) and after a couple of weeks of massive TV watching (and me freaking out!) he started to self-regulate - it was sooooooo fantastic! He'd watch 20-30 minutes and be done with it, or on many days none at all. No power struggle, no issues at all. But then I was having a bad bad day and turned on children's TV for him and it's all gone downhill from there. Bad me. We got rid of cable a couple of months ago and have been letting him watch as he pleases like we did before, waiting, praying that he'll self-regulate again but no luck! (Well i guess he is self-regulating but for his self it's way more TV than I'm happy with!) Anyhow, in my ideal world we'd go back to him deciding he doesn't want to watch anymore than 20-30 minutes - I'm not anti-TV, but anti-commercialism and anti-havingtheTVtakeoverourlives. Imposing my own limit - 30 minutes a day, tops - would really just create far too many power struggles. But I'm just worried about it becoming the forbidden fruit and him going crazy with it one day if we reintroduce it. Maybe I shouldn't worry so much about what might happen one day if we do x or y, and just do what feels right right now?
OK I think I just made up my mind!But I'm interested to hear all your opinions and own experiences! Especially if you did reintroduce the TV at a later age with your kids and how that went.
OK I think I just made up my mind!