We're one of those families who don't fret about our kids watching TV. Yes, we do monitor what they watch, and we don't let them watch brain-rotting crap but we don't ration their TV or force them to adhere to rigid viewing schedules. However, to the greatest extent possible, we do try to pick programs with at least some educational value.
Since our kids don't suffer for want of TV. They have a healthy "Take It Or Leave It" attitude about television and can happily run out of the room while the TV is on without feeling like they're being cheated out of precious viewing time. (I have relatives who can't do this -- even as adults!)
In our house, the TV is no big deal so our kids are happy to go about their usual business of fighting over toys, 'dewrappering' and munching crayons, mashing Play-Doh between their toes, throwing mud or just enjoying the simple joy of stripping nekkid and running crazy around the backyard.
Meanwhile, the TV is blasting away and giving us audio we'll look back on someday and subconsciously designate as the soundtrack of our children's childhood. Just The Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Josie and the Pussycats, Pink Panther, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Schoolhouse Rock, New Zoo Review, and Bananas In Pyjamas provided a soundtrack for ours.
So, what are our kids watching when they ARE watching the TV?
- Mostly educational stuff like Sesame Street and Leap Frog DVD's.
- Some Tivo programs like Mickey Mouse Club House or Backyardigans or Teletubbies.
- A few Disney/Pixar DVD's like Ratatouille, Shrek or Robin Hood.
To our surprise (and delight), they almost always choose a Leap Frog or Sesame Street DVD and a nice side benefit of this is that both of our little girls know all their ABC and phonics. They've had these skills for many months but Gwen has just recently figured out that she can use them to READ! And she's pretty darn happy about that!
We've worked hard to encourage an affection for books and we're thrilled that our girls have a love of reading! We read to them several times per day and we have at least 100 books (we'll feature some of our favorites in a post on this blog soon).
There's so much to look forward to but there's plenty of time to get there and we're in no hurry because our girls are still so little.
Miley Cyrus and David Archuleta will be "old" by the time my girls are able to relate to the music they're making popular today. Until then, let's just look back at the moments that passed too quickly. For example, here's Gwenny -- exactly two years ago -- sitting in the same car seat as the pics above.
Today, she might be able to read but, back then, her best skill was simply looking cute. Something she was really good at and still is!
Can you believe it's been two years since this picture?