Monday, July 16, 2007

Familiarity does breed contempt...

I have a friend who allows her children to watch TV ALL the time. All the time. They have a movie going 24/7 (slight exaggeration). The result? They never pay attention to it. They may glance over and say, "Lion King, we've seen that a billion times." So, she is constantly buying or renting NEW movies thye haven't seen and even then, watching is not guaranteed. On the other hand, I hoard TV time like crazy. It is limited to about 2 hours a day(most days anyway-we have some lazy TV days too) and that is not all at once. Sometimes there is no TV time. Movies are rare, very rare. The result, even a documentary is reason to get excited. They are captivated with pillow and blanket any time the screen comes on. Hypnotic. Glued. If we ever take the DVD player on a trip, silence from the back row. TV is a very useful tool if not overused.

2 comments:

~ Stephanie. said...

very wise. we did the same with electronic toys. they are/were only allowed on long car trips, thus insuring their complete and total fascination every time we said "Road Trip!"

Julie Anne said...

We're the same way. We don't even have a TV (nothing holier than thou,just our preference) We just watch dvds on the computer occasionally. Mine do like yours-- silence when they get to indulge!