The Secret Babysitter

I have never been a huge television watcher. I can’t recall much television in my childhood besides Pinwheel, Double Dare and Love Boat.  As a teenager, I remember being told that I could not watch 90210 until my homework was done.  This was the original Beverly Hills, 90210, not the remake with the way too skinny second reincarnation of Brenda.

My husband grew up in an educated, knowledgeable television watching family.  He had no restrictions, yet received good grades and has always been a hard worker.

I never thought I would let my children watch much TV. I delighted at watching my son recite the alphabet for the first time along side Big Bird, Ernie and his pals from Sesame Street.  I sang along as he shook his hips like Wags the Dog and The Wiggles. At Age 2, television can be educational.

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Then my first-born celebrated his 5th birthday and I noticed changes.  A boy who stares at the TV so intently that he doesn’t realize if I enter or leave the room.  Unless, of course, I’m blocking the TV.

I rationalize that he no longer naps and this is his quiet time. I think this is valid and he is quite exhausted after school.  The truth is I value this time for myself. 

He waits anxiously at the door for his Dad to arrive home from work bursting with words about his day. He doesn’t tell him about the snowy play date or that he was line leader at school.  No, he explains about a superhero’s elaborate tale following some storyline he learned from television.

Is this what America does when there is down time and nothing to do?  Is the television automatically turned on before thinking it through? Instead, should we be reading, making Popsicle stick houses or obstacle courses?

Do you allow your children to watch television?


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  • my only issue with this is that you are harping on the new 90210. it is a great show.

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