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Friday, October 14, 2005

If you can live TV-free, then more power to you. But there's no need to get all self righteous about TV-free living. One lifestyle isn't necessarily better than the other. It's just different. So instead getting down on parents who let their kids veg out a bit, how about setting them up for success instead of failure?

Instead of declaring that all TV is bad, the American Academy of Pediatrics should be empowering parents. They should establish guidelines to help parents make smart choices. Avoid these types of shows. Don't let your child watch more than X number of hours per week. Help your kids not get overpowered by commercials and marketing.

Let's acknowledge that people are going to watch television and their kids are going to watch television too. However, TV isn't a substitute for real-life experience. It's a tool for harried parents to turn to occasionally.

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Thank You! I love what you said here.

"If you can live TV-free, then more power to you. But there's no need to get all self righteous about TV-free living. One lifestyle isn't necessarily better than the other. It's just different."

I agree with that statement, wholeheartedly!

Posted by: Goldberry | Oct 18, 2005 7:35:37 PM

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