It has been stated in numerous tests, reports, polls, and surveys that too much T.V. can negatively affect a child’s development.

Children under 18 months old should not watch T.V.  But here’s a shelf full of Baby Einstein videos.

Children under 3yrs old should only watch only a half hour of T.V. a day.  Then why is Sesame Street an hour long?

Okay, those are the only “rules” I can think of.  And I am not going by any published entity, person, government, or doctor.  Those two are just a basic idea of what gets thrown at you after you have children.  Do this, not that.  Watch this, not that.  Only this amount of time should be spent in front of the T.V. / Computer.

I am not saying that I totally disagree with everything that is said.  But I take it all with a grain of salt.

I am also not saying that my situation is good for everyone.

I have been guilty of the following:

  1. I used the TV as a babysitter.
  2. I distracted the child with their favorite show, so I could have 20 minutes more of sleep.
  3. I used the TV as an incentive for the child to do something.

I am sure the list goes on and on.  Mostly involving the child’s favorite video and my video game habit.

While I did use the TV for my own personal gain and satisfaction, I did watch what my child was watching. How else could I sing along with Dora the Explorer?

Know who Uniqua, Tasha, Tyrone, Austin, and Pablo are?

Wish I had my own Thinking Chair?  And want to grow up to be just like Perry the Platypus.

I can hear a few seconds of Cars, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, etc. and know about how much time I have to fix dinner. Or if I have to get them a snack so they don’t melt down after it ends.
This also gives me the chance to know what I don’t want my child to watch.  And while I have nothing against parents who let their child watch these shows, they are not for me.  Adventure Time, Gumball, Regular Show, Flapjack, Chowder, Total Drama Island.

Now while these are all shows on Cartoon Network, I have nothing against the station.  There are many shows I do like on the network, and also some I am looking forward to.  Can anyone resist a good“Thundercats HO!”? That show is getting a remake.  And I am actually excited!.

But let’s be reasonable.  Not every show is good for kids between 4 to 10 years of age.

And maybe the experience I have had with my kids is outside the norm.  Maybe my kids are just a little different. (With me as their dad, I would not be surprised.)

But both my kids can find their way around NickJr.com. My 4yr old can count to 100.  My 9yr old is in the gifted program in our school district.  Their vocabulary is excellent and math skills are very good for their ages.

My 9yr old reads Pokemon books because she saw them on TV.  My son reads a new word it seems every day.  Okay, at this point I am bragging.  But what parent wouldn’t?

And some people will say that their kids were doing the same thing at the same ages without any TV.  And to that I say good.  I hope every parent can say something like that.  I want every parent to have a time where they can brag about their child.

Here are the basics of what I am saying.

  1. I think some TV is a good thing.
  2. Be sure to know what your child is watching. (New Jack Cityshould not be on the list)
  3. Enjoy this time with your child.  Be a kid yourself.

And I encourage you to get all the information you can.  Gather in all the data and facts.  Then make your own judgement.  Decide for yourself what is good for your child.  Just enjoy this time WITH your child.

Even if you have to go against parent recommendations.