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!

One Response to “Children and the TV”

  1. I HATE tv. It’s not so much the programs (although they aren’t super great a lot of the time) but the commercials that really get to me. The hubs and I don’t even have cable! Avery definitely doesn’t watch any tv. I think the last thing he saw was part of the Super Bowl before he went to bed haha.

    Growing up I was really big into reading and playing outside and I can already tell my son is into at least one of those things. He’s not really much for sitting and listening to me read or not trying to constantly turn the pages to see the next picture. I’m okay with that because at 1 1/2 he is a VERY imagination oriented kid and spends lots of time playing/talking on his own or with me or watching cars out the window. Playing outside is his favorite thing ever. Just messing around with sticks, discovering holes, watching birds and running around occupy him for hours.

    However, that being said about tv I do love Disney films or movies that are more than just eye candy. I loved them growing up and I put them on for Avery and I if he’s sick, struggling to pop a tooth or something like that. He LOVES a couple and the rest he doesn’t even pay any attention to. I hope that’s how he stays, too interested in life to be bothered with a screen:)

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