To TV or Not To TV?
My daughter came home one day and taught me a playground patty-cake rhyme: "coca cola.... pepsi.... lemonade... iced tea...." I stopped her. I asked, "What's 'pepsi'?" She shrugged. Slowly, she said, "You know. Pepsi is when you shake some liquid and it explodes." I was amused. She had no idea what Pepsi was! She knew what 'coca cola' was; her daddy drinks it maybe a few times a year. We have since changed the rhyme to "coca cola.... izze...." She knows and loves the fizzy izze drink.
Anyway, what spurred this anecdote is an email from Sarah who asks about how other urbanMamas and urbanPapas are dealing with TV and videos in their homes:
We have two boys (an almost 3 year old and a 5 month old) who have never watched TV or videos. I really wanted to get them excited about reading and in the habit of amusing themselves with active and imaginative play. My husband and I gave up TV in early 2005 and frankly don’t miss it (we’re not totally pure – we do get our movie fix from Netflix).
I love that my son doesn’t recognize a Coke logo and doesn’t ask for silly toys and sugar cereals that are so heavily marketed to young children. I realize, however, that TV is ubiquitous and I am wondering when (if?) to introduce our older son to TV or DVDs. Do other parents have this dilemma? When and how do I delve into this and what TV or DVDs do other urbanmamas recommend?