TV and multiple children
When Mia, my first daughter, was born, we didn't let her watch tv or videos until she was around 2 years old. Then, we started with age appropriate videos such as Teletubbies. She watched about 1 hour to 2 hours a day: hour in the morning so mommy could get her shower, and another hour at night so mommy could fix dinner. As she got older, we graduated to Blue's Clues, Disney Movies, and Dora the Explorer.
The problem is, our second daughter is not getting age appropriate tv. She got to watch videos from a very young age (can't even remember from when) and they weren't all age appropriate. Now she's 20 months old and loves Dora. I wonder sometimes what I am doing to her. It doesn't seem fair that she didn't get the same consideration as Mia.
So then yesterday I get this newsletter that summarizes research for parents. In it is an article about tv watching in young kids. It reports that :
"Television viewing before age three was associated with poorer reading recognition and reading comprehension (and lower scores in short-term memory) at age six. Television viewing from ages three to five was associated with better reading comprehension at age six."
So now I feel even more conflicted. Any others wrestle with this problem? I really value that tv time for emailing, getting dinner ready, taking showers, etc. Does anyone else have good advice about how to limit the younger child's tv?