We don't own a tv, but we do have computers which we use for work, movies, and downloading. We do let DS watch some tv (some cartoons now and again, some movies, and some cooking shows which he likes. . . he also likes to cook, so. . .). But, it's probably about 5 hrs tops *per week* and nearly always on the weekends or over school holidays when DH and I need to get some work done.
He spends most of his time running, playing legos, and "reading." (He doesn't read yet, but he loves ot look at his books, and he's starting to identify letters and put together phonics on his own. Pretty cool.). He also sings constantly.
Anyway, being without a TV is great.
BUT, we had to contain reading time. When he was 2, he wanted us to read to him, constantly, and when you get through your second hour of 10 minute books, you are loosing your mind. So, our parenting coach recommended that we contain the time that we read allowed to him to 30 minute blocks (we do 3 a day currently -- am, afternoon, and bedtime), and then he's welcome to 'read to himself' any time in between. he usually spends a good 30-45 in the morning and in the evening "reading" on his own.
I would read him 2-3 of his books... and them it was time to read a "Mommy" book for a little while.
A "Mommy " book meant classic literature.
If you choose really nice prose... or go straight for the classical poetry.
Son came to really enjoy this time. And would sometimes even go get a "Mommy book" so he could just sit and listen for a while.
I never felt that it was idle time... he was certainly listening and thinking... I took a bit of extra time to explain the different words that might be used such as hart for deer... and he would remember those things and comment at times.
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Yeah, except that sometimes I just want to read not-good-for-kids books in peace. lol So DH looks at his own books (which have variety and includes his cookbooks (lol!), and it's all nice. But, we have read some chapter books to him or myths that we're reading and the like. . . so he gets that too. If we are driving and reading (which we often do on road trips), then he passes out and wakes up hours later with a question about where ever he drifted off. LOL
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TV before school was verbotten, PBS was common (the nightly business report, the Friday night wall street shows, british comedy, Sesame Street/Mr. Rogers, etc.), we had a few shows we watched as a family (Mission Impossible and ER come to mind), and I CERTAINLY wasn't allowed to have a TV in my room.... Saturdays I was allowed to watch cartoons or Sesame Street or whatever I wanted until about 10am, when the cooking shows came on PBS.
My parents tend to watch a bit more TV since their news comes from the tube instead of the local paper (which went out of business in the 90s), and I went through a stretch of having the TV on ALL the time, then subsequently got rid of my TV completely... these days, I have a nice flat-screen TV that's mostly used for internet movie/tv services (hooked up to the PS3 with all its widgets and bluray player, plus we can hook up a computer or phone via HDMI).. I don't watch TV before work unless it's already on (we have opposite schedules sometimes), but I will watch a movie or an episode of something in the evening... my major "screen" issue is the dang laptop (I'm on it right now!). I keep thinking I need to set a time limit on it, especially certain websites!
I was also a voracious reader; I would stay up until ALL hours, reading by nightlight (I was supposed to be asleep!) - and I wasn't discouraged from reading the "adult" stuff either... honestly, kids are either mature enough to handle the content (though sometimes giggly/curious about it), or it goes right over their heads... unless they feel like they have to hide it.
These days I have a hard time finding GOOD books that capture my attention... there's a lot of junk out there (and I'd rather play angry birds on my subway commute than read drivelly junk that can't keep me interested... sad, but true)
Alright, time for that subway commute, where (if I pay attention) I'll undoubtedly see some horrifying parenting skills. *sigh*
We watched a lot of PBS and local channels. Never had cable, nor internet. Up until I was in HS in the early 2000s, the computer we had was an Apple IIe. Yeah, I didn't do much on that. We finally upgraded when my grandfather gave us his leftovers when he upgraded. Holy shit, there's a world of difference between Apple IIe and Win95, even when you've been in computer classes at school.
Nowadays, it's different. I work all day on the computer (thank you programming/ drafting), come home and fiddle around on the laptop with the tv as background noise. Granted, half of the "fiddling" I do is writing my book or applying for jobs, but even so. I'm trying to cut back on screen time and get back to crocheting, sewing and reading as much as I did back then.
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