In my opinion Television is one of the most controversial topics for parents. Should you, shouldn't you, how much, too violent, too inappropriate? So right now I'm going to tell you loud and proud my kids watch TV. For those that think this statement is politically incorrect :-P
I had a bad experience a few years ago. A girlfriend visited our house one Sunday afternoon (the boys were just babies at the time, and her son was about 1 I suppose). My girlfriend always had very strong views on topics like television for the under-5's, breastfeeding, and co-sleeping. The day they came to visit the TV was on with the motor racing, which my husband loves. When my friend and her family arrived I was TOLD to turn the TV off as it was "distracting" to everyone. In other words, she was afraid her son would be obsessed with the telly and not take his eyes from it. Which does happen in my opinion when you ban a child from something. It really left a bad taste in my mouth - the whole implied attitude that I was a bad Mother because I let my children be exposed to the TV. The funny thing is, after her second child was born I know the television became something of a coping mechanism for her to occupy her first born while she was busy with the second.
I am more of an "everything in moderation" type person and the telly is something I have never felt guilty about. I really don't mind it being on for parts of the day when my boys and I are home. Usually when its on they are doing something else as well like colouring or puzzles (or wrestling or trying to kill each other).
So imagine my lovely surprise seeing a post called TV Day over at the Be a Fun Mum Blog. Monday's for Kelly are 'Regroup Day' (what a terrific term) and the TV plays a big part of the day. Woohoooo! I feel so much better now xx