Originally Posted by rat love
I grew up with very limited tv and I really appreciate that now. Our house was always filled with books and it gave me a lifelong love of reading. I also loved going on bike rides, drawing and painting, playing outside games and imaginary games with my sisters. My boyfriend was also raised in a house with no tv and his family is so creative and awesome. Lots of art and musical instruments and singing.
I grew up doing and loving all those things as well, and reading was especially encouraged. I now am an avid reader, and have more books than will fit in my house, and I've read all of them multiple times. I also play the guitar, the saxophone, and the Piano. I am a music lover - I have an incredible collection of music of every genre, and I sometimes spend evenings just listening to music, or dancing with my baby. I go outside for walks, hikes, swimming, skating, skiiing, on a regular basis. I know how to snowshoe, build a campfire, pitch a tent. For our honeymoon, we went CAMPING. And you know what? We were allowed to watch tv when we wanted growing up. I think, as Bonoluvr said - it has a lot to do with programming, but more to do with the mentality of it. The role tv plays in your house. Right now, the research we have all points to the fact that it's the attitudes and behaviors surrounding tv that cause problems. Not the TV itself. So, to my mind, if you can combat these issues, of obesity, inactivity, not reading or playing because you're watching tv instead, then you're all set. Banning tv 100% I don't see as being necessary, or particularly beneficial.
Also, as to the baby einstein videos. One - we didn't buy them - so no need to fear the company profiting off of our ignorance and lazy child-rearing attitudes. Two, we have them NOT to make a genius out of our baby, but simply to see what they're like, and if she likes them. And - surprise! - she does! And yes, we do all the other things you listed, Bethanie. Today we took her to a Taiko drumming concert as part of Japanese New year celebrations. Yesterday, we took her out for the day to the harbor to see all the boats. Before that, to the grocery store to show her all the beautiful colors of the produce..... Because she watches these videos with us sometimes does NOT mean that we are not doing other things with her, or NOT interacting with her. I have about 10 hours a day with her - with her being awake. And I would say that at least 8 of those hours see me interacting with her - face to face (or foot to foot, as the case may be
). The other 2 or 3 are largely spent her entertaining herself.
I think that the tendency to lump all tv watching into the fat-ass, lazy, never reads, aggressive, adhd, no social interaction group is a little short-sighted, and if we take care to not let tv rule our lives, it can be a beneficial, EDUCATIONAL tool.