TV may seem like a good thing for toddlers as it would help them develop their brain. As kids grow older, disadvantages may also seem to increase. As soon as the kids are glued on TV, they won’t feel like getting up from their seat and eat anything served on the table. Worst, they may end to up becoming overweight, or even underweight as they won’t pay attention to food.

I have two growing kids. Both girls. One is in the first grade while one is approaching her toddler years. With my younger one, I don’t see any problem. She only runs to TV when she hears the TV ads, otherwise, she’d rather do her own thing like scribbling on Ate’s old notebooks.

However, my eldest is just like her father. A day won’t pass without having them watched their favorite TV show. They both have the habit of hiding the remote control so that no one can take it from them as they enjoy the show. There was even an instance when my husband kept the remote control in his pocket, forgotten about it and mistakenly brought it to work. Poor me, desperately looking for it only to find out the next day that it was all along in his pocket!

So, how much do you allow your child to watch? I made my own house “TV” rules:

  • She can only watch for an hour during school days provided she is done with her homework.
  • She can’t watch anything without my guidance, if it’s not on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
  • Putting it on Cartoon Network is strictly not allowed. I have yet to learn how to lock that channel and the rest of the inappropriate ones.
  • Movies on DVDs are okay during the weekends.
  • I sometimes allow her to watch on week days but limited to one hour only in one condition, she has to finish her dinner without a fuss.

I’m sure you’d ask me, does this work? Not really. She still wins most of the time just not to have a discussion. I guess I need to revise my TV rules. Anyone?

Mitch Carvalho

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A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. Iā€™m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.