"I've noticed frequently that parents are hoping kids stop watching TV, and
do other activities, in years of research however, I've found that TV,
even adult programs, are very good for children's learning. Not to mention
children who have parents who restrict them from television, screens and
sugar are 80% more likely to rebel against their parents as teenagers.
Don't be fooled by the nice little kid, a child can turn into a teen
pretty early these days.
People also are against video games, which is also very odd. hand-eye
coordination is necessary of day as an adult, and you will have a much
easier life with your hand-eye coordination intact. The best way of
improving this skill, is by playing video games! the PS3 and Xbox are the
best, while the wii is comparable to doing nothing. The wii requires
almost no exercise, it's better for them to relax, and be seated, not
moving. That is a simple way to practice zen.
I have 8 sons, currently, a variety of ages, by allowing them television,
for a half hour, before they begin homework, is a stress reducer. It helps
them think. then, when they finish homework, and studies, allow them many
screens! let them relax, and stay ahead in school rather than waiting for
them to turn on you.
none of my kids, some are now adults, ever rebelled, that's be they
respected me as a parent, and loved me as a mom. Most likely, your child
respects you CURRENT authority, and loves you like a parent. allow them to
have fun, they're kids, and they will be better in school, in other
activities and sports, and your family will be closer, because you do not
treat your children like dogs. "
"We do not have a TV either. We have not had one for 6 years, my son is 8
years old and he is allowed to have lesurely 'screentime' (which is
usually a movie, online TV show for children, or a computergame) for half
an hour a day. I find that works very well and he most often administers
it himself. That way he gets lots of time to do other things. He does not
seem to miss having a TV and he hardly never says he is bored, since he
always have lots of his own games and projects going on. A friend of mine
decided to also get rid of the TV recently and she found that her kids
very quickly found other things to do and only missed a few favorite
shows, which they could then watch with friends or online."
"I think these are all good points. I would love for my child to have more
time outside and away from the TV and computer, however, then reality sets
in... I'm a single mother of a 1st grader who sits two hours a day in
traffice, works, pays bills, cleans, cooks, does laundry, helps with
homework, gets baths, etc... I ask when, except for some times on the
weekend do we actually GET to take our kids to the park or let them play
outside with supervision... I don't know. Sometimes, they just HAVE to be
inside and watching one program a day sure doesn't allow me to do the
things I need to do handle our lives..I realize it might get better has he
gets older, but I don't know.. I guess winning the lottery would allow me
the time to take my child for lovely walks in the woods or on the beach or
let him play at the park each afternoon. Other than that, let's try to
think up real world solutions! I've been trying for 6 years and I struggle
with it every day..."
"We have one easy solution for keeping the kids from spending hours
watching tv- we don't have it! The kids get a movie if they have a
particularly good few days, but it is always a treat. My son also gets
rewarded with video games (once a week or so) and we stick to the Nintendo
Wii because we feel like he's at least having to move around and not just
sit on the couch. And while we may not be able to stay current on any
adult shows (or have a quick fix sitter for the kids), the payoff of
seeing the kids' imaginations run wild without the pollution of mindless
media makes up for it a hundred times over :)"