Children and the TV

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The Mister and I have a pretty strict no-TV policy in our household. Untill Bean is tucked away for the night, any way. Some may call me a control freak or overprotective — in this gadget media-driven world, I know I can’t protect him forever. I get that. But for now, while I can, I will try my darnedest to instill a love for reading, outdoor activity, arts and crafts and a keen sense of adventure. So when I saw this video, I smiled at the hope that other parents are getting on board.

I’d suggest the 15 minutes or so it takes to view this video, as it might profoundly change your thinking about TV. Direct from the mouth of a father, pediatrician, and researcher, Dr. Dimitri Christakis explains how the brain develops, what television may do, and theorizes why ample time in front of the TV as an infant and/or toddler may reorganize how a child thinks and solves problems.


I’m not a perfect parent and are by no means trying to judge those who’s kids watch TV. But it’s difficult the argue with the data and I’m encouraged to know that pediatricians are taking note and urging the importance of one-on-one reading, playtime and activities to foster a love for learning.

Similarly, I came accross the following list from BabyCenter on how to raise a child that loves to read. They offer some great tips and suggestions! From the beginning, reading has been a fairly large part of the day in our family. Each night after dinner and again before bedtime, we read whatever books Sawyer picks out for us. Current Favorites include: If Waffles Were Like Boys, My Pets, Where’s Spot?, Easter Bugs, Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, I Love You Through and Through, Where is Baby’s Belly Button and Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. Sawyer, of course, picks new favorite each week, but these are staples that rarely leave the rotation.

What were your favorite books growing up? Mine were Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (Sawyer actually reads the same copy I had!), The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I’ll Love You Forever and the Berenstien Bears — but I really loved reading anything anyWHERE!