Friday, October 1, 2010

Kill Your TV...or Be Thankful for It?

Yeah, so for the second time this week my child is up early and ready to go and we are not. In fact, on Tuesday when her daddy was traveling (of course) she thought it would be great to get up at 4, 5 and 6 a.m. After the second time, she ended up in bed with me (which is totally against everything we've ever done, but I was just too tired to care). That morning, I think she ended up watching a few hours of TV, PBS Kids, of course, but still the guilt after I was finally awake was terrible. Especially since someone recently told me that even PBS Kids isn't good for them. Really?

Sydney seems to be learning words from Sesame Street (last week she used the word of the day in a sentence--exquisite), I was impressed. She also loves Curious George, Super Why and Dinosaur Train and I want to believe she has learned a lot.  We learned all about how dinosaur babies come out of eggs.  And, I have to say that the new Cat in the Hat is pretty great, too.  Today, we learned all about different tails. 

I admit when she was little we totally kept her away from the TV, but now I feel like she gets it and really does learn. Am I kidding myself? Not sure, but let me tell you how much extra sleep I have gotten and really needed. But, is all the guilt worth it? What are your experiences and thoughts, I would love to know. Maybe it will alleviate some of my guilt, thanks, moms!


  1. Like it or not, TV is a part of our culture. I think its ok to use it as entertainment and learning as long as it is in balance with everything else your child is doing. Is she playing outside some each day? Is she reading and coloring and playing pretend? TV can be a parents asset if integrated in a positive way. Let the guilt go!

  2. Thanks, Lori. Yes, she does those other things too, so I feel better about that. I appreciate the insight. Might have to use let the guilt go as my mantra since that's what this blog is supposed to be about! Just so hard sometimes. Thank you.

  3. I agree. Everything in moderation. I see nothing wrong with a little tube time as long as you balance it with other things. Besides, this soon won't be a problem. Shell be so busy with friends, school, homework, activities that no one will have time for tv. Let her enjoy it!

  4. You are right, Daph. Soon we will be running in so many directions, we won't know what the TV is:)