I’ve read three interesting variations lately on the topic of television and screen time for kids.
- How to Wean Your Child (From TV) at True Confessions of a Real Mommy — if you’re worried about screen time, some low-conflict approaches to unplugging.
- TV: a Tool or “The Devil” at Living Peacefully With Children — a middle ground to using television for the good it can bring a family.
- Unlimited Screen Time? at The Path Less Taken — on letting go of limits and managing (and enjoying) the results.
Sam and I have had various talks about unplugging the TV, because Mikko loves it, but here’s the thing: We really, really love it, too. For ourselves, I mean. We’ve been watching TV all our lives, and yet we're not unthinking zombies.
So for now, rather than enforcing limits, I’m concentrating on offering alternatives whenever I get that nudging sense that too much TV watching or other screen time is happening (for any of us). Usually an offer to go somewhere or do something fun is more appealing than a show — and if not, then we watch the show!
What’s your take on TV for kids?