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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Is this normal?

Regardless of whether or not, how long can I expect it to last?

What am I talking about? The conversation that goes like this.

"Mom, can we turn on the TV?"
"Yes, once the toys are put away/couch is cleaned off of toys. Not before."

They put away a few things, then start playing with others or reading the books, and forget about the TV. I've gotten away with it at least three times this week, sometimes multiple times in a day.

My goal is to keep the TV off, not necessarily get the toys picked up, if that helps.



At 3:18 PM, Blogger The Story Of Us........ said...

Depends on when the oldest one actually begins getting interested in a certain show at a certain time of day. Their focus becomes time instead of playing without a care.

Now if we could give up clocks...THAT is the true idol in our culture. Moreso than TV.

At 5:47 AM, Blogger Zach said...

It's not unheard of at our house, although we've seen the effect diminish as they get older.

Now, the older ones know the Detroit Tigers/Pistons schedule by heart, so they have specific clock targets in mind (Shelly's point, eh?).

But when David says "can I watch?", with that particular tone in his voice, you know it's because he's Jonesing for that glowing screen, not because something specific is there for him. We discourage that. (Because We're The Meanest Parents In The Whole World™, that's why!!)


At 6:07 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I just yesterday compared TV to junk food for Madeleine. Some is okay, but a steady diet isn't good.

I know that TV doesn't bother you, Shel, and we both turned out okay, but TV is different now than it was when we were growing up.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger The Story Of Us........ said...

Heather wrote: "I know that TV doesn't bother you, Shel, and we both turned out okay, but TV is different now than it was when we were growing up."

True, it be quite different.

Even though we're the unlimited television time type of parents here. (Although I LOVED our experimental year without TV)
Let us not confuse that with unscreened viewing. There are channels that are off limits to our kiddos and yes, even the older ones. As they get older though, we try to stay tuned into their ever changing interests and find their passion in order to try to "sway" them toward sports, hobbies and outdoor activities. Somehow TV isn't all that important when they are older.

I can honestly say that Kazz and Brise and Vinze maybe watch 3 hours of TV per weed, Brian and I maybe 2 shows a week but the little ones...they're still learning and soak in the ABC's, Little Lessons and so on, so they watch that whiney little Caillou, Sesame Street, kiddy shows. Well, Kole watches, Daxx runs around and plays while listening for the most part. LOL

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I confused "unlimited" with "unscreened."
It DOES make a difference! :)


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