Whenever I post about television usage with our babes on my Facebook page, I get a mixed bag of responses. I get those who are adamant that TV should be killed and those who are adamant that TV has been wonderful for their children. I tend to take a more mellow stance on it, but that is neither here nor there for the moment.
It is my belief that, as with most of our consumption, we underestimate how much TV we all watch both with and without our babes. For this reason, I propose a challenge.
Here are the steps:
1) Set a goal as to how much TV you'd ultimately feel comfortable with your babe watching during a period of a week. 5 hours? 10 hours? Whatever. You choose. Record that number.
2) Estimate how much TV your babe watches during a given week (7 full days, not just the work-week). Record that number.
3) For the next week, take an honest and accurate recording of exactly how much time your babe watches TV. This includes time the TV is on and babe is running all around, but still exposed to it.
4) At the end of the week, compare your estimate to your actual number to your goal.
5) If your actual number is over your goal, start weaning your babe off TV a little at a time.
In my opinion, the television is not Beelzebub himself, nor is it some great invention to which we should all be grateful. I think it can be fine in moderation, but I think what many of us feel we're doing in moderation, we're actually overdosing on all too often.
Let us know how things go as you progress through the steps of this challenge. I think we all (no one more than myself) could learn a lot.