I grew up with "Sesame Street." My mother used to plop us kids, 2 brothers and my twin sister, in front of the TV so that she could cook dinner. So when it came to my own daughter I didn't think twice about turning on the boob tube to do a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher. That it, until I started reading parenting magazines. It seemed like every month there was an article outlining the dangers of too much TV. Then I started to feel guilty about popping in a Baby Einstein video every now and then. Deep down, I don't think it's a big deal. Most of the time I sit and watch with her. But, when something needs to get done and I know a video will keep her occupied, I turn on the DVD player. Do the people who write these articles even have children? Do they know how difficult it is to try and shower with a 2 year old running around? I've even used TV as blackmail. "Sweetie, let's change your diaper and then we can watch Bear in the Big Blue House." I definitely agree that too much TV is bad news, but casual viewing?
What about you?