The other day I was sitting with one of the baseball moms and the topic of TV watching came up. I asked her: Do you let your children watch TV, and if so, what programs do you think are okay to watch. The friend I was talking to has 3 children ages 13, 11, and 7. It was interesting to see that we both were on the same page here. We basically agreed that, except for cooking shows, there isn’t much we want our kids to see on TV these days.
Now, I have to say that our family doesn’t even own a real TV. The dusty black monstrosity we call our TV is from 1984. It was a gift to my husband from his mom when he got married the first time around. Looks like that stupid TV outlasted the first marriage and is making it through the second one. The complaints by the children have been constant over the years. They visit other friends houses and tell tales of giant flatscreen TVs in other kids’ bedrooms. They feel terribly deprived and they are convinced that we must be the poorest family in town.
But owning an old TV keeps temptation in check. For a while my husband managed to convince our son that there is no use asking Santa for a WI or x-box since our TV has no place to plug in such machines. Hahaha – evil laughter…
But seriously now. How much screentime is okay? And what programs do you think are okay to watch.
Most TV shows on American TV these days seem to revolve around reality themes. On those shows people are constantly being judged for their singing, dancing, success at weightloss, and other skills. Then there are the supernannies of the world teaching basic parenting skills, or the wife swappers teaching other families how to reconect and love their kids. Wow! How real is this reality TV? Whenever I come across such programming it makes me wonder in what universe these people exist. Homeschooling parents who don’t teach their children how to read and write? I am sure any homeschooling parent who reads this blog agrees that this is not how they roll.
Is there any good TV? My friend at the ballpark stated that besides sports events, the only programs her family watches is cooking shows: Iron Chef, Worst Chef in America, and Restaurant Impossible. I pretty much agree. Maybe I would add some programs on the History Channel, the occasional animal/nature show, and the science dudes on Myth Busters who like to blow up stuff.
If you know of anything else worth watching, please let me know. And do come back next week. I would like to discuss some other kid TV programs I have decided are bad if not downright ugly…