We don't keep the tv on in the background...we don't even have tv, so we'd have to put a show on on purpose and then not watch it. It actually drives me crazy if, say, Adair is watching a show and wanders out of the room...I always tell her she needs to either watch it or pause it. We have the radio on a lot (especially in the morning) so the competing sound is obnoxious. I also did hear a study reported recently about background tv and kids' attention spans, making me even more crazy about it.
As for actually watching, I would say it averages out to about 1.5 hours/day. That's generally one show while she's eating breakfast and we're getting ready in the morning, and if we go right home after school and have a ton of time to kill or she's being really whiny I'll let her watch one then too. That's maybe 3 or 4 days/week. On Saturday mornings we take turns letting the other parent sleep in, though, all bets are off. I don't know about DH, but I generally don't have enough energy to do more than lie on the couch and remain marginally conscious, so she can watch as much as she wants at those times. (Really, it only ends up being about 2 hours then too, but if it goes over a little...eh.) I am pretty picky about what she watches, though. I don't like things that are too jumpy and flashy, or where the subject matter is way over her head--I try to keep it to things she's actually getting something out of. Also, she is really sensitive to drama and tension, and scares easily. Fortunately, her main obsessions are Kipper and Wonder Pets!, which are both totally toddler friendly. She's seen and liked Curious George a couple of times, and also Arthur. Sesame Street she never asks for, but will watch if I put it on.
If we want to watch tv while we all eat dinner, we put on Doc Martin, which she loves for some bizarre reason. Hahaha!
Last edited by cactuswren; 11-08-2012 at 11:20 AM.
We have the TV on if we're home. DH & I are huge TV watchers. When DH first gets home with Madison he'll turn on her show(s) while he starts dinner and cleans until I get home. Then after dinner we sometimes will let her watch another show but usually turn it to something we want to watch. Her & I will play while we watch tv though. I'm not ashamed to say we watch tv. Cause that's just us.
Oh we watch plenty too, we just don't watch our shows until after she goes to bed because most of what we watch is SUPER inappropriate and she does pay attention. Right now we're mostly watching Sons of Anarchy.
Yeah, Sons of Anarchy is not too toddler friendly.
We usually have it on at our house, whether we are watching or not. When I'm not cooking, I (or DH) will get in the floor and play with Evan. On nice days, which has been alot lately, we go outside and play after we get home, or one of us will and the other one will cook. Just depends on the day.
DD1 can tell time in the morning based on what show is on PBS. I was very embarrassed when I discovered this.
My son doesn't realize that kid shows play on regular TV. He thinks they're always on demand. Which they are because we watch them on Netflix. If the xbox is on the TV he knows how to find netflix and start it up. A couple of times he's managed to turn on Sesame Street himself. If he gets ahold of the iPad he helps himself completely.
So I'm a bit of a disaster today. Let's just say the morning has included me melting our microwave cover on the stove, dropping DS's lunch on the floor, and attempting to put a dirty diaper back on my son.
DH came home for lunch. He just has to see his flight doc and then he'll be back home (he's technically been off flying orders since last Thursday, but this week is a no fly week anyway). Says we'll go out as a family for me to walk (well, waddle) around for awhile. I did get a pecan pie made for the freezer. Just don't ask about anything else....like the fact that I ran the dishwasher without soap.