Am I the crazy one? Ok, don't answer that. But do answer this. How much t.v do you allow your kids to watch/how much did they watch when they were under the age of 2???
Here's the issue:
We have never let Caden watch t.v. Its not that he asks for it or wants it, its just that we don't have our t.v on when Caden is awake so he really doesn't know what it is. I am so against parents who use a t.v as a babysitter. Caden is 21 months. Seriously, should I be offering him a cartoon, rather than a tractor, or blocks, or a crayon and paper?? I just can't take away his imagination to maybe get an hour of time without him bugging me. Its so not worth it.
I know people who let there kid(s) watch t.v./movies at all times during the day. Any time I go there, the t.v is on. What is this teaching them?
So, with that said, we were at my inlaws this weekend. They too, know that we don't allow t.v. But what do they do?? Buy Caden 2 movies. What am I suppose to do? How many times can I say it? CADEN DOES NOT WATCH T.V.!!!!! My mil thought we should just put the movie on to see what he would do. And let me tell you, boy was I proud of my boy. You know what he did? Paid absolutely NO attention what so ever to the t.v. He just continued playing with his toys. Even with my mil's encouraging, nothing. I wanted to hug him. Ha, I told you. Rob even told them that he won't be interested. It was just so nice to have him affirm what we've been saying.
Now, I'm not saying that we won't ever let C watch t.v, cause that's not the case at all. Once he's a little bit older, absolutely I'll let him watch some cartoons on treehouse or something. But why oh why would I introduce that to him already. He has way too many toys, books and things to do.
When I was growing up, we were very limited to t.v. We had a certain amount we could watch a day, so we had to choose wisely. Otherwise, we played outside, downstairs, in our rooms, with all of our many many toys. We had such an imagination. I played school, house, barbies, etc. We were farmers with our tractors in the dirt outside. We made amusement parks for apples in the sand box. Built forts and quinces in the winter. Who needed t.v.
Please, I want your input on this one. De-lurk yourself if you need to. How much do you let your kids watch t.v. and when did they start??