Written by: Jamie Lynne
Everything in moderation.
What a precious sight, reminds me my children when they were little, now they are big and off doing their own things. Thanks for sharing
Oh thank you! So glad it reminded you of your own children!
What a precious sight, Thanks for sharing
aww that is sweet. I believe a little bit of tv is fine. My family has recently implemented a “Without Wednesday”, every Wednesday electronics are set aside and we focus on family. Granted my baby is only 4 1/2 months old, but its already helping me focus on him better and my relationship with my husband is fantastic. 🙂
Oh I love the idea of Without Wednesday! I may have to implement that in my own home! Thanks for the inspiration.
What a wonderful moment! I wish I had the discipline to ban the tv, although it would benefit the household greatly, because I’m the guilty party!
LOL I am the TV addict in our house, too. Although, the last couple of weeks the last thing I’ve wanted to do is turn it on.
We just cancelled our cable/satellite last month. We’re trying to refocus our family priorities (financially, emotionally, socially, spiritually, etc). We still watch movies and the girls are able to watch their Veggie Tales or Little Angels, but not having television pipes into the house prevents us from OVER watching and gives us greater control over what our children are exposed to. We found ourselves constantly telling the girls to cover their eyes because of a scary or inappropriate commercial. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting kids watch some tv or movies as long as it’s monitored and in moderation.
Ugh. The second half of my response went MIA! And that should have said “piped into the house”, not “pipes”. That’s what I get for trying to respond from my iPhone.
I had gone on to say that that picture is PRICELESS <3 And I'm glad to hear you made it home safely! That's such a scary feeling! Being from NY I know all too well the feeling of not wanting to be lost in the wrong place 😉
Karen LOL I didn’t even notice! Thank you. And I’m happy we made it home safely. I think it is partially my fault for not knowing that area of Los Angeles. The more I thought about it the more I realized we would be better off not being afraid of visiting different parts of town. There is a way to be cautious and not neglectful of certain areas of the city. I feel we’ve been neglecting the area.
I had a friend that did the same thing for the same reasons and it was really inspiring- although, didn’t work out as well in my house!
such a sweet photo!! we do ‘screens’ only on the weekend now that my son is in school. when i used to be a teacher i remember asking the parents of children who were amazing (in all dif’t ways) what their home life was like. the two common answers i always got were 1. family dinner and 2. no tv during the school week. so that is what we have been doing and it’s great. tv/movies are great but the ads and some shows are just a bunch of garbage imho.
I love that idea. Weekends only may be plan B.
That is perfection. Jamie, I am new to your blog. Love it! As far as television goes, I believe it has to be used responsibly like anything else. My daughter is 10 months. She likes to watch football but other than that we try to reserve it for extreme measures.
Moderation not perfection!! :):)
moderation! I love it- I agree- anything in excess is not good.
Oh my goodness. That is sooooo cute!!
I’ve never been against TV. We don’t have it on all day every day, and I like to err on the side of LESS TV rather than more TV… but I don’t see it as the devil or anything. Netflix has a great Netflix Just For Kids section, and with that, you don’t get the advertising and stuff like that. It’s a nice way to relax and be entertained sometimes.
And if it induces cuddles like in your photo, well then. How can you say no? 🙂
My kids discovered the IPAD netflix! For some reason I hate when they use the iPad (I think I’m afraid of the radiation! LOL) but they use the netflix on it.
those snuggles sure are cute!!
and i guess i can’t really knock the tv, since i’m watching, of all things, infomercials right now 😉 😉
LOL I watch infomercials to keep me company when I’m alone- is that pathetic or what?
So glad im not the only one who lets my kid watch TV. I sometimes feel guilty but honestly I would never be able to get ready in the morning if it wasn’t for Sprout!
No, you are definitely not the only one! I was really afraid of admitting this on my blog, but now I’m happy I did. A little bit of TV is going to be accepted in my house. It looks like most others do the same!
I really don’t believe in the whole TV vilification thing. TV is a medium for content- both good and bad and can be used wisely or excessively. I like to watch history and science documentaries on my in-laws’ TV when I’m cooking and I think that’s a great use of my time. (I am a total merd.) I will say that my husband and I don’t own a TV and most of our Tv and movie watching is done via Internet streaming like Netflix and also some downloaded movies we bought from iTunes. ( Winnie-the-Pooh has been a great babysitter sometimes…) We actually find we prefer streaming and downloads because we don’t have to deal with commercials and can watch whenever we want to.
As you may know, we got rid of our TV a year ago and haven’t looked back; we still watch a ton of movies and TV series and special shows from our iMac — it’s just more intentional watching now. I don’t think a little bit of TV is going to harm kids, there can be a place for it. I think it’s the endless mindless watching that’s harmful.
Ugh, getting lost in an unfamiliar, possibly unsafe place is scary. Glad you found an angel to help!
Was going to comment on this yesterday but got busy (I swear I wasn’t busy watching TV!). I try and curb my kids TV time by doing things out of the house, etc. I’m not gonna lie… there are times (Saturday mornings before, during and shortly AFTER coffee) that I enjoy letting the TV entertain them while I slowly wake up. I also find that whenever I watch TV with my kids, they get super excited because to them I’m showing interest in what they love (whatever cartoon or tweenie show they have on). I ask questions, get caught up in the plot, gasp loudly and all that… and my little one (6) spends more time talking to me about the show or movie than watching it. He is interested in my opinions about what I think or my explaining something to him (or, I admit, him explaining something to me is more the norm) but in the end it is me sandwiched by my two kids, arms linked, head on shoulder and warm fuzzies abound… Even if that means I have to watch Adventuretime or The Wizards of Waverly Place. lol
Ohhh this makes me feel so normal.Yes to everything you said!!!!
WOW what a day! This picture totally melts my heart!!! I’m curious when you started to let your boys watch TV? I have a 1.5 year old and am still trying to adhere to those AAP guidelines that say zero TV until after age 2. An iPhone video or two in the doctor’s office or on a plane doesn’t *really* count though, right?? 🙂
Well, I have no idea when Samuel started watching TV….I’m assuming at 3 when he entered the orphanage. Aram was about 18 months old when we let him watch a TV show while I showered for 5 minutes. We tried to hold off until he was 2 (I’ve heard that is better for their brains), but he was so mobile and I was afraid the 5 minutes he was in the shower he would really hurt himself if he wasn’t preoccupied (and I left the door open to the bathroom so I could see him sitting there). Perhaps I was paranoid since he was my first child, but that was my reasoning behind it.
Nothing is more adorable or special as sibling love.
They clearly take after their mother
LOL! I stopped watching TV…except Homeland…It is crazy..
So adorable! We don’t have a TV, but we do watch shows available for free on my laptop. Sometimes thats cartoons from the network websites (like disney – they love Little Einsteins), and sometimes it’s dvds from the library.
not having a TV/cable keeps us from just flipping it on, but they still get a little bit of “zone out” time – which I think is perfectly fine. When they are old enough to read on their own I hope they use that time to immerse themselves in books. That need to escape is very real, I think.