<blockquote><b>Quoting Crystal Marie S.:</b>" I meant for the background noise stuff, for the baby. I'd rather have something that sings the ABC song or whatever, than the sound of someone being murdered "</blockquote>
Lol. Me too. My LO just turned 4 and I shield her from that stuff.
Plus, she has been a bugger about learning her letters at home, so amything that reinforces letter recognition gets tuned in.
The TV is on literally 24/7, both her TV and my news. Sometimes she will come cuddle up and learn something important like: Congress is the opposite of progress.
The reason we have the TV on all the time? She goes to an open concept school. There are no walls (short bookshelves between classes), so there are distractions ALL the time. She needs to be able to learn to tune out everything else and concentrate on what she is doing at the time and she does that very well now that we have the TV on.
She also uses it to fall asleep. I fall asleep with the TV on also. If you don't have it on, you hear the artillery fire all through the night.
I'm pretty strict on the amount of TV my kids get. My son is 5, and he watches around 2 hours a week. Have there been tantrums when he hasn't gotten to watch TV? Yes, but I'd rather him entertain himself than have the television do it for him. He's actually gotten a lot better in the last few months. I'll turn on an episode of the Cat in the Hat, and when it's done, he'll turn the TV off by himself.
My daughter is 2. She watches about 10 minutes in the morning while I do her hair, and maybe a half hour show throughout the week.
We occasionally will break pattern and watch a movie during the weekend. I love that my kids get so excited about movie night. It's a big deal for them, because we don't do it that often. So it's a special treat when we do.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Vincent&Me (Laura):</b>" I'm pretty strict on the amount of TV my kids get. My son is 5, and he watches around 2 hours a week. ... [snip!] ... so excited about movie night. It's a big deal for them, because we don't do it that often. So it's a special treat when we do."</blockquote>
We do movies every night in their room. When its done lights out. But we go to the theater twice a week every Tuesday and every Saturday
Friday is family game night. So cards or a board game or we play the Wii together.
my 6 month old enjoys watching Law and Order SVU with me lol.
I dont view tv as such a big deal. it was unrestricted when I was a kid. When I wanted to go outside, I did. if I wanted to read a book, I did. And I watch tv when I felt like it. its just another form of entertainment.