Jumping off the bandwagon on children's TVApr 3, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
I had originally decided that my child would never be exposed to television. My daughter was born right around the time that the AAP made a recommendation that children under 2 watch no T.V., and I took this recommendation to heart. I am the type of parent who reads all the books, subscribes to each and every parenting magazine, and calls the doctor on a suspicion of an illness. I thought to myself "If they recommend against T.V., so be it!". And shortly after my child was born, I changed my mind.
The reason I changed my mind was simple- reality struck. The reality of caring for a child even when you (or the child!) is sick. The reality of trying to do the dishes with a screaming toddler in tow. The reality of family life as we know it in today's society. Most of all, the reality that my child, once she spotted Sesame Street, was hooked. The final factor- when she, at 15 months, started counting right along with Elmo- a skill I had not started to work on, fearing she was too young.
I know what you are thinking, those of you who are against T.V. for the very young. Television isn't educational. It isn't stimulating. It takes away from parent/child interaction. And I agree with all of these- to a point. If television was my child's only source of companionship, mothering, etc., then it is abused and should not be viewed. But is an hour of Sesame Street dangerous? I find this hard to believe. I am sure she learns little from T.V., as we all learn little from it. But let's face it- when was the last time you went without any form of entertainment? Everyone needs some down time, and in moderation, I believe T.V. is not harmful, but helpful- especially if a mother's sanity is regained during that short but sweet time.
Besides, who else is going to do the dishes?
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