When I said “none of that happens with TV shows”, I was specifically talking about interacting with and reflecting on what is being served through the TV screen. How can you interact? You can’t ask questions or receive feedback, you have no time to reflect, the vast majority of shows are designed to capture your attention constantly. They wouldn’t be entertaining otherwise.
Your response is a bit extremist too You know very well that most parents don’t just give 30 minutes of TV to their children each day. The average is between 4 and 6 hours. If you manage to keep it to 30 minutes, I applaud you, but I have to wonder what benefits that gives you, beside keeping the kids occupied while you are on a phone call or cook dinner. I just get the feeling you’re being disingenuous, but please correct me
Not to Author: I respect your right to your opinion and I admire your blogs. The one about “Ugly Parents” was amazing. I would love to hear more of your opinions and reviews on children’s shows and products, just understand I won’t be accepting this one as positive or rhetorically accurate.
Finally a kindred spirit! This little brat is like nails on a chalkboard to me. My step-son loved watching this when he was 2-3 and it KILLED me. Everybody else in the family thought it was a sweet show and I was somehow horrible for hating it so much. Now I have a daughter who’s 1-1/2 and I do not let her watch it. Or Elmo for that matter. We watch the ‘Old School’ Sesame Street DVDs specifically to avoid that little red monstrosity!