Last night on NPR’s All Things Considered was a very amusing brief commentary by a pediatrican-Dad whose young children watch TV.
He explains why it is hard for him to follow his own professional pediatric TV-viewing advice. He even confesses that since the American Association of Pediatrics advises that children under the age of 2 watch no TV, it was a bit embarrassing that his child knew Thomas the Tank Engine and the names of all of his train buddies at 22 months old.
This Dad says that the only time his kids are happy, quiet and clean are when they are watching TV. Well, I guess we need to lower our standards for our kids.
I believe that kids can be happy with no TV – mine are. They can even be quiet with no TV – reading, playing quiet game, creating art project, into terrible mischief, or simply out of earshot of you! But clean? Maybe not.
Give it a listen here if you have 2 minutes and 41 seconds to spare!