OK, i know most of you don't condone any television, and i've been on these threads in the past stating that i personally was a TV junkie and that my TV is on all day, that my kids watch Noggin, but not really watching as much as its on in the background, etc.... On the same token, my son 3 3/4, quite spirited, often times have to have yelling matches with him, behavior issues, followoing the rules issues, major eating issues (basically never eats anything), etc...
Well, truth be told, i've taken your advice!! In the beginning of June, We had a very bad couple of days of major behavior issues, to the point of embarrasment with playdates, and deliberate breaking of rules, etc... so that was it, he was grounded from TV for a week. Would you believe that in the first day, his behavior changed dramatically, so i thought, this must be a fluke! Then day two, still a shining star! then day three, again a great day, and a couple of days after that, he bagain POOPING ON THE POTTY! Something we've been struggling with for almost a year, then a real miracle, he started eating vegatables!!!!!!! and other foods he never would look at before! We've had the TV off by day for almost a month now, and i truly have a new little boy!! I do very little yelling anymore (not that that was a good way to handle things, but I always felt at my witts end), he is extreamly cooperative, we haven't had any diapers since June 11th, he can go on his own, today he ate asparagus and chicken, two of his most HATED foods!
I sometimes cannot believe that watching television could have any affect on kids that way, but i have seen living proof!! And for other "devil's advocates" out there, i've given him 1/2 hour of TV as a treat for pooping and stuff, and i can already see the behavior changes immediately afterwards!! So, now, it has to be a real special occasion to turn it on for him! Funny though, i don't notice any behavior problems if we go to the movies... but I also notice problems when he's been playing Gameboy, or watching Gameboy movies... so he's off of that too!!!
Just thought i'd share!