The Boob Tube

baby and tvThis blog entry has nothing to do with breastfeeding or which pump to buy.

Rather, “the boob tube” title offers up the opportunity to talk TV and your tot. More specifically, the chance to talk about the impact of educational videos targeted towards children under the age of 2 years.

What's TV viewing like in your house? Is it always on? Never on? How do you work your favorite shows in while caring for your munchkin? Does your child show any preferences towards TV?

Did you see this recent article?

As parents, we're bound to try anything and everything to give our kids a “leg up.” Not to mention, the 20-30 minute respite TV often provides us from chasing around these little buggers.

So, when a top-notch, kid-friendly company like Disney comes out with a series like Baby Einstein, it's no wonder we all go running to our local retail outlet in search of this opportunity for our kiddos.

The true fact is that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 years of age watch no (that would be none, nada, zip, zero, zilch) TV. 

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood also advocates against such videos, noting studies that have made connections between young TV viewing and later problems with attention span.

What if you have bought one or been gifted a Baby Einstein video?

You can get a full refund or a host of other options which you can learn about here.

So, back to books and singing it is for me and my munchkin. I am sure there will be plenty of days ahead for my kiddo to tune into the boob tube.

What about you?

What do you think?

The Boob Tube

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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