I'm climbing back up on my soapbox here Mamas, to tell you about this article in today's New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope. She examines a study in the current issue of Child Development. Researchers looked at the effect of television as background noise on children's play.
Think it doesn't make a difference?
It turns out that it makes a big difference. The television becomes an "ever-changing audiovisual distractor" making it very difficult for kids to sustain focused play. And play is crucial to a child's development. It is her work.
So, even if the kids aren't watching, they are affected every time the TV is turned on. Let's shut of the flat-screens Mamas, and let the kids get back to work!
For further advice and opinion on de-screening your life, check out this commentary by Bob Greene from last Labor Day.